Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wikipedia article "Barechested" needs your help!

The Wikipedia article "Barechested" needs help. It is the Wikipedia article on shirtlessness, and while it contains some useful content, it could use a lot of improvement. It is currently being considered for deletion. Please consider helping out by adding good content, with scholarly sources. Anyone who has researched social, legal, and historical perspectives on shirtlessness is encouraged to contribute. If you have never contributed to Wikipedia, it isn't that hard. Read some of the helpful information on Wikipedia itself and ask for help if you need it. Thanks guys! I know we can make this article great.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Precedent for Shirtless Wrestling Uniforms

With wrestling season starting back up, it's a good time to start pushing for a shirtless uniform option again. So, I'd like to present some further arguments in favor of a shirtless wrestling uniform, based on current precedent.

There is currently no requirement for guys to keep their shirts on or singlets up at wrestling tournaments. Wrestlers are frequently seen on the sidelines with their singlets peeled down to the waist.

Wrestling teams frequently have their team pictures taken shirtless.

Shirtless team pictures are even common on official publications, posters, banners, websites, etc.

Wrestlers frequently train shirtless as well. Body contact while wrestling isn't really an issue, as guys often wrestle each other shirtless in training, as well as engaging in non-contact training shirtless.

So why shouldn't wrestlers be able to get on the mat shirtless in shorts or trunks if they want to? For more reasons supporting a shirtless wrestling uniform, see my previous post Wrestling. If you really want to see shirtless uniform options approved, talk to your coach and see Petitioning for a Shirtless Wrestling Uniform Option.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vitamin D in the fall

As the days are getting shorter and cooler, it is getting harder to get sufficient vitamin D. One of the best ways to combat this is whenever a warm day does come along, get outside and pull your shirt off to maximize sun exposure. The best time of day to get vitamin D is around solar noon (when is solar noon?) any way because the ratio of vitamin D making wavelengths to cancer causing wavelengths is better[1], but this is even more important in the late fall and early spring. If it feels chilly and you are in reasonably good shape, I suggest running hard enough to shed the shirt and still stay warm. Trust me, if you run hard enough, you will be surprised how much body heat you can generate.

Ok, this may be an extreme example, but you see my point.

Getting that extra vitamin D is important, because optimal levels of vitamin D help prevent osteoporosis, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and high blood pressure[2]. Not to mention that sunlight (and exercise) can help elevate mood, fighting depression.