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2014 > 09

Joakim Holgersson, Lena Maria, Tóra Við Keldu, Magnus Ahlgren & Robin Brokvist Joakim Holgersson, Lena Maria, Tóra Við Keldu, Magnus Ahlgren & Robin Brokvist

Two weeks ago, I went to the Faroe Islands together with my musicians. A fantastic trip to an exciting and beautiful country.
The first time I visited the Faroe Islands was when I was in the music program at the senior high school. Some of us went to a conference and held a concert for music teachers from the different scandinavian countries. The second time was the following year when the Swedish Swimteam for Disabled flew in a Hercules aircraft to the Farao Islands and participated in the Nordic Championships. On the day we were going home, the weather was terribly bad and no regular plane got off the ground. But since we flew the Hercules, there were other rules for us so we flew home. It jumped and bounced tremendously but we got home! The third time to visit the Islands was in 2009, a tour with my musicians. And now we had the great joy to come back again.

The sky was clear blue and we approached and landed on Vagar airport in a wonderful weather. Quite unusual in this barren and often rainy and windy country.
The Faroe Islands consist of 18 islands that is connected by long tunnels or bridges. They have a very different and exciting landscape. But the most distinctive I think, is the people. Everyone we met was so nice and hospitable. Approximately 50,000 people live here scattered in the different communities.

After checking in at the hotel we went to Christianskirke "the Christian Church" in Klaksvik and got a tour in there by the woodcarver Mr. Sjúrði Solstein. The church itself has a very interesting story, but most fascinating was the exhibition in the basement, "Jesus úr (= from) Nazareth," which held 10 wooden sculptures by Mr. Edward Fuglø, one of the Faroe Islands' great artists. Sjúrði showed pictures and talked about each painting and its symbologies and how he helped Edward manufacture these huge fine artwork.

During the tour we performed and met students in different senior highschools. The students were amazing and I was so impressed of how focused and interested they were when I spoke and told them about my life. Such fine young people!

Students in Eysturoy
The Faroese television news crew came and did an interview (see above) before I met senior high school students in Torshavn (see below)

Then it was time for the concert that we held in Løkshøll. It was sold out and the evening was really lovely and fun. Although it might not have been that easy for everyone to understand my Swedish, it was a great atmosphere and lots of laughter.

In the morning, the same day as we flew home, we visited another senior high school: the Commercial School on the Faroe Islands. All students didn't fit in the audatorium so we did our program twice.
The tour was really fun and Tora við Keldu who arranged everything had planned it very well for us. We would love to come back!

Links: Lena Maria Klingvall er gestur í Brunsj (in Swedish)
         Dagur-vika nyheter (in Swedish - from minute 16:04)

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Your best workout buddy!

When autumn is here, many of us take the opportunity for a fresh start. It can be about eating healthier, but perhaps most of all about getting started with your workout... All said and done, we get out on the first round of jogging or do a really hard workout at the gym to really get started. A day or two later, we barely get out of bed. Muscle soreness are here.

What is muscle soreness, really?
Before it was thought that the soreness was caused by damaged muscle fibrils and muscle fibers. Now new research shows that it's the opposite, it's something good: a strengthening of the muscle fibrils. You can say that muscle soreness signals that your body is preparing for more training.

How much muscle soreness you experience depends on how hard and how long you exercise, but also on the type of exercise you perform. The worst muscle soreness you get is the so-called eccentric training, where your muscles are working during the extension and as you slow down a movement. Like running downhill, for example.

How to avoid it
Rule number one: Do not neglect to warm up. During the warm up the joints are lubricated, the circulation increases and the oxygen delivery to the muscles improves. This in turn means that the risk of both injuries and soreness are reduced. The cool down you shouldn't skimp on either if you want to avoid muscle soreness. It doesn't take long at all, just finish your training with a jog or walk at a relaxed pace, five minutes is usually enough.

Don't go out too hard if you havn't exercised for a long time, to accustom your body gradually will be more beneficial. Start with lighter weights or shorter running tracks and then build on more each workout. But muscle soreness can affect even the most well-trained - it's enough that you're doing an exercise where you engage muscle groups you don't usually use to feel the next day.

If an accident occurs?
Don't worry - sore heals by itself after a few days. To stretch or put on ice may help reduce stiffness. And please try a gentle massage - a suggestion with Aloe Heat Lotion. With its skin nourishing and refreshing ingredients Aloe Heat Lotion is in fact a nice calming, soothing and invigorating massage lotion that is easily absorbed by the skin and leaves a pleasant feeling behind.

Wait also with hard training workouts until the pain has subsided. However, you can go jogging, cycling or walking at a gentle pace, as light physical activity increases blood flow to the affected muscles, which in turn speeds up healing. So be careful - and listen to your body.


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