Header photo by Olaf Tausch
I actually found it quite troubling to learn that saunas protect middle-aged men against heart attacks.
Apparently the evidence is irrefutable. It’s at a climate-change level of certainty – the Finns have been right all along about their culture built around a box of heat. Regularly sweating in the sauna can, for a time, forestall the reaper.
As a man well into the prime heart-attack years, I am suddenly faced with a discouraging and stressful choice between going to sit in a stifling room for a time nearly every single day with a bunch of strangers – other drippy men in towels struggling to breathe the same super heated moist air – or an early death.
As Jack Benny replied when told by a mugger, “Your money or your life!”, the answer is … “I’m thinking.”
And for Trail Baboons this will immediately remind you of early Keillor – the strange saga of The Finn Who Would Not Sauna.
You can only choose one – excessive heat or painful cold. Which will it be?