Tuesday, August 31, 2021

August 31, 2021

Had to visit a dentist today after one of my teeth started aching pretty bad. Turns out there was a deep cavity that required root canal treatment. The procedure was surprisingly fast and went really smooth, I didn't really have time to worry about it before it was all over. The good: the visit didn't cost me anything (Thank You awesome Finnish public healthcare), the bad: my next appointment to finalize the treatment stretched out to March (Thank You overloaded Finnish public healthcare).

800mg IbuprofenDue to total lack of sleep and pretty severe pain before and after the treatment I had to bail out of any training today. I'll count the couple of kilometers of walking as an active recovery. Hopefully I'm feeling better tomorrow.

This episode got me thinking about my health more deeply. The dentist was very professional and informative, and told me that it was good that this happened now because I have a gum infection that needs to be treated immediately if I want to avoid further serious damage. My life has been pretty chaotic and unhealthy during the past ~10 years. Keeping up with my physical health and stuff like a healthy diet and oral hygiene has been so low on the priorities that getting back on top of normal everyday things is still a process for me. But I need to start looking at my health more broadly and make long-lasting changes. Not tomorrow, today.

About

Uninen aka Ville Säävuori Good hello! My name is Ville Säävuori aka @Uninen and this is my health blog. I'm a 40-something nerd from Turku, Finland. My goal is to exercise or be otherwise active every single day. I built this site to follow my progress and to help with accountability. I'm training for running my first 10k  half marathon  marathon  4x4x48 challenge in 2021.

Blogroll

Not blogs, but something to check out and follow.

Podcasts, YouTube channels

  • The Running Channel (YouTube) - fun and informative British channel for runners.
  • Triathlon Taren (YouTube) - lots of hands on knowledge and practical advice for triathlon training.
  • Huberman Lab podcast (YouTube) - outstanding podcast by Dr. Andrew Huberman with a metric ton of scientific information and practical advice relating to neuroscience and physical and mental training.
  • The Joe Rogan Experience (Spotify) - you can say what you want about Joe Rogan but there's no denying that many of his discussions with passionate people are 100% genuine and full of insight. I do not agree with the man on many issues but I do appreciate the free content.

People

  • David Goggins (Instagram) - whenever you need motivation, just go back and remind yourself what David Goggins does to keep his demons away. Also, if you feel lonely on your run, no matter wherever you are on the planet or what time it is, it's likely that he is training somewhere at this same moment. (Check out these - hilarious Goggins-anecdotes by Jesse Itzler) Stay hard!
  • Anna H (Instagram) - The Running Channel host and adventurer with a beautiful soul. Check out her 3-part World's Toughest 260k Island Race series on YouTube.
  • Katie Spotz (Instagram) - amazig young endurance athlete who is willing to do more than most of us for making the world a better place. Listen Joe Rogan #1635 for a deeper look into her story.
  • Jocko Willink (Instagram) - ultimate dicipline and respectable morals. Jocko's daily 4.30 am clock photos on Instagram are a constant reminder that the strongest men work for their success.

Books

  • Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins - superb combination of audiobook and podcast that gives you lots of practical advices on taking control of our life and stranghtening your mind. Definitely check out the audio version of this book, it's amazing.

I haven't found that many interesting books relating to staying healthy / exercising. I'm not at all interested in ungenuine self-help type books or pushy "just do this" marketing books. If you have any suggestions, dm or email me!