Nobody gains weight overnight. It happens gradually over the years or decades. Average adult tends to gain 0.5-1.0 kg per year, which is quite a lot actually. But no worries if there has been some weight gain, exercise helps.
I have recently been writing about cross-country skiing, but if it is not your sport you might want to take this BBC’s 60-second test to figure out more suitable sport for you. Check out also their related story where Santa Claus is most likely coming from, as well as their story about Finland which also shows Finns cross-country skiing.
World Snow day will be celebrated on 21st January 2018 and its purpose is to get children and their families in urban environments to head outside and enjoy the snow. Here is some more information about the day and a short trailer in English, which can be found in numerous other languages in Youtube.
Finnish attempt “snowsports make you more active” won FIS SnowKidz Award and was recognised as the best programme worldwide last year to bring children to the snow. This year the program expands even more and other countries are also becoming more and more active advancing snowsport activities.
Cross-country skiing is really good activity also for kids. Also Southern and West part of Finland got quite a bit of snow (some 15 cm) yesterday, and we also needed to go and try if we could ski for the first time for the season. We have been in skitunnel skiing with artificial snow, but good real snow in a natural environment is still different. Although real tracks were not prepared yet, skiing was indeed possible, which was good fun and hopefully we will have lots of good winter days and snow ahead of us!
This is a brief follow-up post for my recent not so much exercise-related post regarding Finland. This is just to indicate that although Finland ranks pretty well in many areas of equality, freedom, justice and wellbeing, it was a dissapointment that Finland ranks now only 4th in World Press Freedom Index.
Finland ranked first in the World Press Freedom Index for the past five years, but now Norway is the first and Sweden second. Finland suffers in this index from the actions of our Prime Minister, who made quite some actions of harassment against few state TV journalists. Our Prime minister Juha Sipilä is very wealthy man due to his former enterprise career, but he is (as maybe some other persons with similar history) very concerned with his public picture. There has actually been quite a few instances with him that are fairly similar to this clear harassment case, but we just have to hope he has finally figured out how to behave himself in the future.
The other journalist that resigned from her position due to Prime Minister’s actions was Salla Vuorikoski. She was hired by a leading Finnish magazine that I also subscribe and I am extremely happy that she now writes her stories there. She is namely one of the best if not the best Finnish journalists, whose articles are well-researched and highly interesting.
Vuorikoski also quite frequently writes about things related to Finnish Sports organizations and their finance. She has researched and revealed many grazy things related to Finnish Sports organizations, even clear corruption cases that happen behind the scenes also in Finland.
Thes are the journalists we need, who are not afraid of revealing and putting things forward.
So there is still room for improvements, also in Finland. And I am not writing this to say we have a bad Prime Minister, but because I can. Freedom of speech is namely one of the strongest and most-respected principles in Finland. It is the only way for developement and we all should be able to work and live in environments where we do need to be afraid of saying what we think.
Of course you cannot say just whathever, as it is not wise for instance to insult someone. Nevertheless, freedom of speech has been one of the key principles of Finnish and Nordic thinking at least since the year 1776, when Anders Chydenius started to act as one of the strongest advocates of freedom of expression.
This is not so much exercise-related post, but if you want to check out some facts and funny things about Finland and Finnish people, this article by British The Telegraph is quite good for that purpose.
They apparently got excited and wanted to know some more as some of their Princes were visiting Finland last week. I have also had a pleasure to have some visitors from United Kingdom in terms of research collaboration and one thing I did with them last week was to visit sauna and ice-cold water, several times. This is one of the things many Finns like to do as it is very healthy activity, and The Telegraph has written some stories also on this topic.
After only few days, December 6th, Finland celebrates its 100th anniversary since it became indepedent from Russia, and our national Statistics Center has also collected some nice facts about Finland supported by hard statistics. Before the year 1809 when Finland became part of Russia, there was actually no Finland as we know it today. Before the year 1809 Finland was part of Sweden and lots of Finnish administration and other principles dates back to those days.
Although Finland has done pretty well for a very small country during its 100 years of independence, there is still a lot that we can learn from Sweden and other countries, which we also try to do all the time.
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