Bob Norton Consulting - September 2018

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We finally have a pool! It turns out that the contractor installing the new liner was on the crew that originally installed the pool, and then he reinstalled a new liner 10 years later. When we were discussing the pool, he asked me, “How much do you know about pool maintenance?” to which I replied, “Only that I will be writing a bunch of checks!” Apparently, our blind cat, Charlie, was the first one to use the pool. When I left the house to run an errand, the back door did not close fully. Penny yelled at me when I got home that Sake, our dog, had gotten out of the house. A couple of hours later, Penny realized that she hadn’t seen Charlie and panicked because he had gotten out. Well, lucky for me, Charlie comes when you call his name (mainly, because he’s expecting treats). He then comes trotting out from behind the neighbor’s house, looking like he’d been bobbing for fish. Maybe he also tried the neighbor’s pool ... FROM THE DESK OF Bob

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For many people, no matter how trendy yoga becomes, the idea of testing the limits of their flexibility still sounds less than appealing. A fair number of first-time yoga-goers report unpleasant and distressing experiences, inwardly cringing as they watch seasoned practitioners bend into pretzels while they sit on their brand-new mats, barely able to reach their tippy toes. Take this initial discomfort and add 105-degree temperatures, and the experience goes from bad to mortifying. No matter who you are, the first time you try hot yoga, it’s likely to feel unpleasant, and this feeling may stem from the unfamiliarity of the poses as much as the sweltering heat. If you are practicing traditional hot yoga, the temperature will be set between 90 and 105 degrees. Ask 10 people the reason behind the high temperature, and you’ll get 10 different answers. Some seasoned yogis tout the health benefits of this sauna-like practice, claiming that the sheer amount of sweat pouring off one’s body helps remove unwanted or unhealthy toxins. According to Yoga International, this claim couldn’t be further from the truth. While exercising in the hot room definitely increases circulation, relaxes muscles, and promotes flexibility, the notion that it creates a physical purification system is false. What are some scientifically grounded benefits of hot yoga? Well, biomedical researchers are exploring whether or not a natural antibiotic in one’s sweat called dermcidin can be used as a treatment for superbugs like tuberculosis and MRSA. Additionally, these researchers are studying hyperthermic conditioning, or exercising in the heat, to see how it boosts the production of the human growth hormone and ameliorates heat shock proteins, both of which can cause elevated muscle growth and promote healing properties. Healthwise,

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