How Altitude Sickness Affects Your Body And How You Can Beat It

Altitude sickness can make you dizzy, nauseous, and, in extreme cases, can even kill you. All of us at IndefinitelyWild have experienced it. Here’s what we’ve learned and how you can minimize its symptoms.

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Definitely something I wanted to learn about, but give the risk factors for high altitude edema (pulmonary and cerebral) – I don’t think anyone’s doctor will condone such activity for those of us on blood thinners.  Stick to GoPro footage 😉

How to Get Used to Exercising in the Heat (and Why You Should)

Nobody likes to feel sluggish and sweaty, so when the sun is set to “broil” we understand that you’d rather take your workout to an air-conditioned gym. But if you tough it out in the heat, not only will the workouts get easier, you’ll also have better endurance when the mercury drops again.

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Caution is the best way to approach a hot workout. If I’m going for a long stint in the hot sun, and it’s approaching 90 F/32 C, I include water stops every 30 to 40 minutes. I take 2 bottles of water, one bottle with some kind of mix including lot of salt. I’ve come across more heat exhausted people on the road than I care to mention. PLEASE, PLEASE take every precaution possible when its hot out!

New Study, Also Everyone You Know: Dudes Lie When They Feel Weak

Dudes like to feel like dudes, and some would argue, they need to feel like dudes—or else. So the surest route to provoking a certain sort of dude to dude out is to question his dudeness in any way. It’s a truth as old as time and as obvious as its passing, but now, a very validating study has backed up the truth of dude overcompensation in a fairly hilarious way.

Source: New Study, Also Everyone You Know: Dudes Lie When They Feel Weak

The cultural implications are interesting…  However, I wonder how much of this is an instance of statistical significance vs. colloquial significance.

Consider this: an average increase of 3/4’s of an inch could be a large proportion of men simply rounding up (I’ll be honest, I don’t remember my exact height off hand, so I’m sure I’ve done that), or a small proportion of men greatly exaggerating their height.

One would tell us something about men, as a group. The other would tell us something about a particular kind of masculinity. They’re both looking into, obviously.

Here’s What Really Happens When You Force-Feed Someone

The American Medical Association and the Red Cross both condemn force-feeding as a form of torture. And yet, the U.S. government and the United Nations have both force-fed hunger-striking prisoners. The real problem? Most people probably don’t realize how complicated force-feeding is, and how much can go wrong.

Source: Here’s What Really Happens When You Force-Feed Someone

The article doesn’t cover ethics, just the physical aspects that get dealt with.  Still, there’s a reason major medical organizations condemn the practice.