Thoroughly Thursday - the "4th of July" Edition


Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the 4th of July Edition. Growing up, I enjoyed the 4th of July holiday, but only because, like most pre-teens, I was a not-so-secret arsonist. However, in the last few years, my attitude about the 4th has changed considerably. In our town, there is the Kiwanis’ pancake breakfast at the firehouse, the local parade that often seems to include more people walking down the street than those watching from the side, and concluding with the hours-long block party that continues until the fireworks are set off in the football field of the local high school. The 4th of July has become my annual connection to my community with the occasionally roman candle explosion to keep things from getting too schmaltzy. I hope you have a great (and safe) 4th of July.

What I've been watching - When Getting Fit is Unhealthy
One of the more consistent questions, as I age, is "how much should I exercise to stay healthy?" As I'm finding out, the answer seems to be more than you want, but less than you think. Said another way, daily exercise is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy, but if you exercise too hard or too long, you can negate any benefits. This week I watched a TEDx talk with Dr. James O'Keefe whose research shows that consistent running leads to decreased cardiovascular disease, but if participants overtrained, the additional stress on the heart leads to bad things (his paper on the subject includes fun phrases like myocardial fibrosis, coronary artery calcification, and diastolic dysfunction). The best solution: be moderately active throughout each day (walking, biking, hiking), and if you are going to exercise vigorously, try to limit it to less than 45mins at a reasonable pace a few times a week.

What I'm listening To - Genre-Hopping Multi-instrumentalist Impresario
I had a conversation this weekend that went something like this:

  • Me: What are you up to this weekend?

  • Casual Acquaintance: I'm seeing Alexander Paak perform on Saturday.

  • Me: Who's he?

  • Casual Acquaintance: Rapper, Musician, Mega-Producer, All-Around-Impressive Person.

  • Me: Nope. Never heard of him. Is it a small show?

  • Casual Acquaintance: He just sold out the Forum. Actually, he sold out his entire tour.

  • Me: Not a small show?

I decided to check him out. Ever since, I've been listening to Alexander Paak's entire discography (thank you, Spotify). He really is an amazing musician and producer. His early records are primarily hip-hop, but his most recent album Ventura, mixes in more 70's soul and R&B to a fantastic effect. Additionally, he seems to be the master of the well-placed guest vocalist and includes songs with the likes of Smokey Robinson (“Make It Better”), Kendrick Lamar (“Tints”), and Andre 3000 (“Come Home”), among others.

What I'm thinking about - Does that include Binge-watching Netflix?
"The Dose Makes the Poison." - Dr. James O'Keefe in describing exercise, medication, high-caloric foods, alcohol, and children's TV programming

All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)

Scott Moe

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