Grade 1 Ukraine Strain
Why is everything so heavy?
Oblique muscles help you stand up straight. They also function together to let you rotate and bend your torso easily.
The external oblique muscles cover the larger part of your waist and lie close to the skin surface, the internal ones are located near the abdomen. They ensure the stability of your torso and reduce the amount of stress placed on your hamstrings. Strong obliques enable better form and stability when running, allowing you to conserve energy and prevent injury.
Stair running is good for your obliques. And it improves agility, which could save your life during a missile attack.
But it’s the thews in our heads we should be worried about, according to foreign journalists, who say many Ukrainians are losing their minds1, not getting enough sleep2 and being institutionalized3. Fighting is not good for your mental health4, according to the Lancet, and a major cause of PTSD5.
Under the circumstances, legalizing recreational Psilocybin and marijuana is probably a good idea, because we would feel lighter. That way we would resemble avocados more and be less like coconuts.
In Stoic Ukraine, Stony Faces Are Starting to Crack and to Cry. Although Ukrainians excel at putting up a brave front, a tremendous amount of suffering is being kept bottled up and sometimes bursts out. (The New York Times)
As Dreams of Peace Wither, Nightmares Flourish in Ukraine’s Sleep. A survey asked hundreds of wartime Ukrainians what they dreamed about. Many replied: the war. (The New York Times)
War forces thousands of disabled Ukrainians into institutions (The Washington Post)