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Phases of Human Hair Growth

By now, it will be very obvious to us that human hair grows quite abundantly at almost all parts of our body. There are some parts of our body however, that represents an absence of hair growth, particularly the palms of our hands, the soles of our feet, the eye lids and the lips. Like that of our skin, hair is keratinized, made mostly of flat cells with overlayed keratin (keratin is a protein), which posses qualities similar to that of rope fabrics which give ample strength for the hair shaft. The human cycle of hair growth has three (3) phases that involve the growth of hair until it eventually falls of from our heads. These are the anagen phase, the catagen phase and the telogen phase. These three phases relatively determine the capacity and the length of your hair growth.

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These phases all happen simultaneously at the same time. This is also the case regarding the other types of hair growing on our body, besides the hair on our scalp of course. There is also the vellus hair and the androgenic hair which serves both different purposes and functions in regards to giving our bodies the needed warmth and the ample protection from the elements. The three detailed stages of the development of human hair growth on our body which are the anagen, catagen and telogen phase all occur at the same time on each strand of hair in our human body. When one full cycle of each stage is complete, The cycle starts up again as soon as a new strand of hair begins to form and emerge from the follicles itself.

The average human hair grows to an estimated length of about 1.25 centimeters or about 0.5 inches in about a months time or if you would like to convert that to a yearly rate of 1.5 centimeters or about exactly 6 inches a year.

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The Anagen Phase

This phase represents the first time that the follicle will be growing a new strand of hair, though not yet visible on the scalp surface, it is already on it’s first stage of growth prior to emerging from the scalp. The growth cycle starts in the papilla of the inner follicle which can take to as much in between 2 to 6 years before even starting to come out from the scalp. Genetics place a crucial decisive roll on the progress of hair growth. It would be very interesting to know that the longer that the hair develops in the anagen phase, the faster it will grow. The development of the hair inside the follicle resembles like that of a ball of twine or string that when it has grown just enough, it will be eventually be making it’s way out of the follicles through the scalp which will give you an itchy sensation that will make you scratch your head. This simple stimuli of scratching your hair, will eventually pull out the newly developed hair strand from your scalp, completing the anagen stage of hair growth. The total number of anagen hair growths on a person is 85% of all hair on a persons head.

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The Catagen Phase

The catagen phase is also considered as the transitional phase of hair growth which the follicles are given the chance to rejuvenate or revitalize themselves. It is through the body’s natural enzymatic and hormonal functions that trigger this phase. It is during this stage of hair development that the follicles actually begin to shrink due to hormonal triggering mechanisms that make the papilla to detach itself, going into a sort of resting period, which results in the steady dwindling supply of the blood supply and the nutrients that nourishes the follicles. This resting stage of the papilla, reduces the size of the follicles by as much as 1/6th of it’s original size due to the lack of the much needed nutrients by the hair follicle. Though it is true that the papilla has regressed into a resting phase, the length of the fibers still remain the same.

The Telogen Phase

The telogen phase is the dormant phase of the human hair growth cycle and is also considered as the final stages of hair growth. What is actually fascinating about this stage is realizing that your hair once it has entered this phase of the cycle, has actually been dead for the past 1 to 4 months! This stage may result in almost 10 to 15 percent of the total hairs on your head are actually already in this stage for the past 4 months. Since this stage of hair development is on it’s final stages, the hormones in the body are once again triggered to restart the anagen phase in order to instruct the papilla to produce new hair strands. The newly produced hair strands that are developing inside the papilla will now start to push out and eject the old hair strands on your scalp, eventually dislodging it to give way to newly grown hair strands, therefore completing the three cycles oh human hair growth. This results in the shedding of hair in a daily basis.

To think that everyday of our lives as we groom ourselves when we brush or comb our hair, we shed off so much hair on our scalp thinking that there must be something wrong with our follicular hair growth. As it came out to be a natural occurrence within the cycle of our development of hair growth. It can be considered that our daily reason for shedding hair means that there are already new sets of hair that are now replacing the old hair strands that have already fallen off our scalp.

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Excessive Sweating and Hair Loss

There had been past assumptions regarding excessive sweating on the forehead and it’s connection to hair loss. Clinical studies show that there may be a validity to these claims that for a long time were considered uncertain. Trichologists have now confirmed that there is indeed a connection between excessive forehead sweating and hair loss. It was discovered that human sweat contains an ample amount of lactic acid, which has the ability to eventually thin down and peel off the outer keratin layers of the hair. It also leads to the shriveling of the follicular roots of the hair follicles.

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The constant sweating in the forehead and the reaction of lactic acid on the hair results in the dryness of the hair stems, causing it to be brittle and finally breaking it off eventually. Besides the damage that it causes the hair, excessive excretion of lactic acid may cause inflammatory outbreaks on the skin, such as rashes and symptoms of itchiness. The lactic acid has the undesired effect of unbalancing the pH level of the scalp, in which may very well result in the growth of unwanted fungus and bacteria which may contribute to the propagation of dandruff. It may also cause the sedimentary deposits of deep seated dirt inside the scalp pores, congesting and restricting the proper circulation of blood and nutrients to the hair follicles.

Excessive-Sweating

The cause of excessive sweating can stem from various causes. Some obvious symptomatic reasons would be that of hormonal imbalance. It was proven with clinical case studies on people that were suffering from excessive sweating that it was indeed a hormonal imbalance on their part. Obvious triggering mechanisms were temperate climate or a sudden change of it, a good example would be that of sweaty palms of the hand and sweaty feet. Other causes of excessive sweating would be of psychological causes. Anxiety, uneasiness and medically trigged causes could be a forthcoming manifestation that causes sweat secretions. The level of rancidity in the human sweat can be caused by high cholesterol levels in the blood stream or lipid secretions that can sometimes cause allergic reaction of the skin, causing irritated and inflamed rashes.

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Finding a cure or alternative preventive measures from excessive sweating is not the answer to your problems, but it is better to find the root cause of it. If your sweating is of psychological reasons such as stress, anxieties and nervousness, it is best to find ways of controlling your anxieties or even think of a way to relax your mind. Ask or consult a physician that is related to your stress related problems and if it is necessary, ask for prescriptions that can stave down your stress related problems. Relaxation and a stress free environment may help. Exercise may benefit you in terms of channeling you anxious thoughts towards more productive forms of diversions which will take your mind off worrying.

A healthy dose of exercise has always been recommended as it promotes the healthy circulation of the needed bodily fluids in order to stimulate the endorphine levels of your system. This will enable you to reduce stress and maintain a healthy body at the same time. If you would rather prefer a more simple approach, you could always try some regulated deep breathing exercises that can help your circulatory system.

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Health Issues Concerning Women’s Thinning Hair

It is undoubtedly one of the most significant features in a woman’s body…her hair. Vanity aside, in a males point of view, a woman’s hair is indeed the essence of her femininity. Much is written about the beauty in a woman’s hair that it traverses the boundary of fiction and truth. No wonder that women spend almost half of the time making sure that their precious tresses live up to their famed expectations. It is so obvious that a woman values the way that her hair looks, just as important as how other people would react to it.

Unfortunately, there is the stark reality of hair thinning and hair loss that most women find unacceptable to contradict. Since hair loss is predominantly exclusive to males, it is also, in rare cases, a problem to some women as well. Hair thinning and hair loss in women is caused by hereditary genetics like that in males, but, unlike male pattern baldness, women’s thinning hair loss is more of a chromosome paternal origin rather than hereditary. This means that a woman who has evident manifestation of hair loss has more male chromosomes than female chromosomes.

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Chromosomes are different from hereditary genetics, as a majority of people would put one and one as the same. Genetics is more of a carbon copy of gender and physiology while chromosomes are more reared as gender derivatives, meaning, a woman would have more male chromosomes than female chromosomes. A simple example to justify a point is some women have more male chromosomes than other women which would explain why some women have more facial hair than others.

Another simple explanation might deviate from the subject at hand, but would clearly explain a simple point nonetheless. At the time of our conception, human beings have both male and female chromosomes that are called chromosome “X”and “Y”. Since the female specie is the most predominant of all human species, for reasons of propagation. This unique biological state in which human existence permeates, is the reason why there are more females than males (10 females as to 1 male).

For women that have inherited a majority of male chromosomes, this is a reason in why they suffer such conditions. Secondary causes would that be of genetics, such as pregnancy, menopause and chemical imbalance. Stress however is not a predominant cause of women’s hair loss and thinning unlike that of men. However, dietary deficiency does hold a big part in the cause of hair thinning and hair loss for women. Clinical studies have determined that on the onset of menopause and andropause, for both men and women alike, each manifest a common condition that marks the end of the hormonal function of the pituitary glands.

The pituitary gland regulate the proper function of the hormones which control such bodily functions such as the reproductive organs, the libido and hair growth. It was clinically proven, that men who undergo the andropause cycle, lead to the decrease of testosterone levels, experience the cessation of bodily hair growth, not to mention, hair growth in the head. Which explains the case of hair loss directly proportional to aging. In the case of women that undergo menopause, the reduction of progesterones lead to the accelerated growth of facial hairs.

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Genetics would be one uncontrollable cause of hair loss in women, given the fact that it is a natural state. However, there is also the reason of dietary deficiency to consider. About a hundred years ago, women’s hair loss was an unheard issue. It was only in the last 60 years or so that the issue was first looked upon. Environmental and dietary reasons are some of the few evident causes for this reason, not to mention a rapidly changing way of living. Nowadays, even food has undergone a radical way of production that you can not help but wonder if we are really getting the needed sustenance that our body direly needs.

Synthetic chemicals could also be one of the major reasons why most women suffer hair thinning and hair loss. Environmental pollutants can also be pointed out among the various reasons besides chemical inorganic substances that are used to manufacture our products. This explains the resurgence of natural organic health supplements that aide to counter act the deteriorating effect of inorganic chemicals that we use on a daily basis.

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Male Hair Loss Patterns

In 1975, Dr. O’tar Norwood, published a standardized definition establishing a world wide classification in naming the two most common patterns in male pattern baldness. Along with this, he also named several other less common types related to similar conditions predominant to male pattern baldness as well. It is within these classification that hair specialists and doctors that deal with certain hair conditions, base their over all evaluation and approach prior to addressing the proper procedure of applying the needed clinical treatment in regards to male pattern baldness and hair loss.

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Class I – This condition is related to adolescent or juvenile receding hairline conditions. It does not necessarily mean an immediate progress resulting to baldness at this stage in the case of the hairline starting above the beyond normal position in regard to the age of the individual.

Class II – This can be easily be indicated with proportion to the eye brow’s crease measuring at a fingers length up to the present position of the hairline. This is usually a condition that starts between the age of the early 30′s and the early 40′s for males. This is normal according to specialists and does not classify as the start of male pattern baldness.

Class III – This is considered as the first sign of clinical baldness. It can be defined as the real start of the manifestation of hair loss and can be determined by the loss of hair or the deepening of the temporal regions of the hairline. The temporal region are the opposite end of the hairline and are the first to manifest the signs of hair loss. As hair loss progresses, the temporal regions deepen further upward, going towards the backside of the head. This can be seen as like that of the letter “M”.

Class III Vertex – This is another Class III condition that involves the onset of hair loss on the top most part of the crown (Vertex) of the head. Unlike the first case condition, it can not be easily visible at a first glance since it usually begins on the top most part of the head and you may need an extra mirror to see the actual condition.

Class IV – This classification is best described as an apparent disappearance of most of the hairs on the top most crown of the head. Its characteristics imply a remaining growth of strands from the original vertex (crown) that still exists, giving it a sparse evident appearance of baldness.

Class V – This condition is the progression from the Class IV condition in which the remaining sparse strands of hair have totally receded. The obvious manifestation of the visible balding area of the crown and the hairlines are almost viewed as one,

Class VI – This condition can be defined as the total loss of all remaining hairs on the crown. The crown has totally lost all visible growth of hair, thus exposing the whole front and top most region of the head. The only visible hair growth that remains unaffected at this point will be that of the sides of the head.

Class VII – This is the final stages of male pattern baldness which can be defined as the total disappearance of all remaining hair from the front, crown and to some extent, as far as the backside of the head. The remaining hair growth on the sides of the head may well be sparse as well.

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Dr. O’tar Norwood based his classifications in regards to the most common patterns found in men with male pattern baldness. However, there are also diffused unpatterned hair loss conditions that do not fall within his published clinical studies. The genetic cause of hair loss in men that contributes to male pattern baldness is very hard to determine in regards to finding the adequate solution for clinical evaluations since it is not easy to make constructive diagnosis from clinical data such as these.

Diffused Patterned Alopecia and Diffused Unpatterned Alopecia are both predisposed genetic condition, most of the time hereditary in origin. It is the first imperative to fully understand the origin of it’s symptoms before proceeding to any sort of medical treatment. Diffused Patterned Alopecia (DPA) falls under Dr. O’tar Norwood’s classification. However, Diffused Unpatterned Alopecia (DUPA) has no predictable pattern to begin with and could even start to manifest just about in any part of the head.

DPA and DUPA patients that would want to undergo hair transplant are faced with certain issues regarding the procedure’s chances of being successful. DPA candidate are often times successful when undergoing hair transplant as opposed to DUPA candidates. DUPA face an uncertainty in regards to hair transplant procedures for reasons of their unstable genetic disposition.

 

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What Causes Thinning Hair In Men?

The nightmare scenario for many men is the onset of hair loss.  The well-follicled among us may scoff at the banality of stressing over the shedding of a few strands of hair, but hair loss is a real problem for people who are experiencing it.

If we think about it, much of our self-image is tied up in the way that we look, and for many of us, hair is an important part of our appearance.   There’s no shortage of bald jokes (I’ve never understood the humor in them) even though a large segment of the population has had to deal with losing their hair – both men and women!

Some Numbers on Hair Loss

Statistics place the number of affected Americans at 56 million (35 million men and 21 million women), with 40% of men experiencing some sort of hair loss by the age of 35.

  • Male pattern baldness can begin before turning 21
  • Men can lose 50% of their hair before it gets noticed
  • Normal average daily hair loss is 100 hairs per day, so persons experiencing appearance changing hair loss lose their hair at a much higher rate
  • 30% of women experience some degree of hair thinning in their lifetime

Causes of Hair Loss

Hereditary factors are the most common causes of hair loss.  This is what is known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness for women.  Hormonal changes due to pregnancy and menopause can also cause hair loss, although these losses are temporary.

Medical conditions can result is hair loss.  People who have experienced problems with their thyroid, scalp infections, and other skin disorders can experience hair loss as a consequence.

Certain medications have side effects that contribute to hair loss.  These include: prescribed cancer treatments, high blood pressure medications, and medications that address heart problems, arthritis, and depression.

Our emotions and our behaviors can also result in hair loss.  A 2011 study revealed that the stress of divorce, heavy drinking, smoking, and exposure to the sun are all linked to hair loss.  These factors were found to contribute more to hair loss in women, as many men in the study experienced their hair loss due to male pattern baldness.

Bad nutrition is often linked to temporary hair loss, so taking a holistic approach to the problem that promotes general good health can yield positive results.

Remedies to Hair Loss

When there’s a big problem or concern, there are many people who work tirelessly to find a solution, and then there are the hucksters.  In this case, they tout home remedies for hair restoration that many medical professionals dismiss as being ineffective and expensive.  Some “natural” products may be effective in prolonging the stay of hair that you have, but they won’t help new hair grow.

Promoting positive lifestyle choices is another type of “natural” attempt to stem hair loss.  Incorporating these choices into your everyday life will have a better effect than any home remedy product.  These lifestyle choices include: better nutrition, efforts to reduce stress, seeking medical advice and checking for vitamin deficiencies in your diet, and ensuring that your shampoo is not overly abrasive.  These choices could help to sustain the hair that you have and help you to lose hair at a slower rate.

Non-surgical hair restoration medication can be effective.  There are many brands available, but the top three medications make up 56% of hair restoration remedies that are prescribed: Propecia, Rogain Foam, and Minoxidil.

The last resort for some is hair restoration surgery.  Statistics from 2010 show that over 100,000 people chose this option in the United States and nearly 280,000 people worldwide underwent this surgery.

 

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Hairstyles for Male Pattern Baldness

The condition predominant in men known as male pattern baldness or Alopecia, is signified with the progression of a receding hairline accompanied by the thinning and shortening of the hair follicles which results in finner hair strands. A receding hair line that is oftentimes distinguished by an “M” shape is a clear sign of it’s early manifestation. It usually begins at the brim of the hairline that consequently progresses to a classical horseshoe pattern, running from the sides to the back of the head.

Causes of male pattern baldness can come from various origins such as heredity, psychological stress or such inorganic causes such as medicinal side effects due to prescription medications. Male pattern baldness has a few methods of treatment that can help stave off the progression of the condition as only to slow it down. Treatments such as vitamins and minerals, dietary supplements and topical hair shampoos can help in a big way to deter any advancing effect.

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The effect of male pattern baldness can often times get the best out of men and in the event that it does progress to it’s advanced stages, you can always find other solutions to augment the obvious loss of hair . These alternative solutions include hairstyles that can cover up baldness to wigs and hair implants.

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The best Hairstyle to Use

  • Medium Short Hairstyles – This is a good option to go with if you have a receding hairline with thick hair. Having your hairstylist cut the top part of your hair short and leaving an ample amount of hair at the sides long enough so that you can comb it to the top side. This method can cover up the part in which there is a significant amount of hair loss, thus creating an effect of thickness on that area.

  • Shaggy Layers – Having a receding hairline at the top can make it difficult to cover up that area if you want to sport a long hair style at the back part of your head. Shaggy layers are made by keeping subsequent strands longer in a alternating pattern. This hairstyle is achieved by keeping a good amount of hair a bit lengthy and trimmed with layers. And allowed to settle down on top of the head with a bit of a messy look.

  • Julius Caesar Look – This hairstyle was made famous by the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. This look is simply done with brushing the remaining hair strands downward to the front most part of the receding hairline. It creates a visible border on the receding hairline that effectively hides the obvious signs of baldness.

  • Short Hair – Similar to most alternative hairstyles for men, this method employs the need to grow the remaining top part of the hair quite a bit longer than usual. The goal here is to have the bottom part of the hair cut short while retaining longer strands at the upper most part. Covering up the top part with the use of hair gel, hair wax and other hair setting products.

  • Buzz Cut – This hairstyle incorporates the “military” hair cut that requires the use of a clipper, thus earning it’s term the “buzz” cut. A very simple and easy to maintain look that does not fade out of style.

  • Shaved Look or The Chrome dome – If there are no other alternative choices for your male pattern baldness, and if you have the guts to take your hair loss problems head long, you can always go for the Shaved Look or the Chrome Dome. This look was made famous by legendary celebrities such as Yule Brynner, Telly Savalas and Bruce Willis. It is considered as one of the most manly and intimidating approaches to male pattern baldness, but it is more fitting for those who create an almost perfect cranial head structure. It is not recommended for men with oddly shaped heads.

  • Facial Hair – Nothing can divert attention from your receding hairline like that of facial hair, the thicker it is, the better. Most men with male pattern baldness that have more adequate facial hair con sider this their second asset. Goatees and a full turf of facial hair can add masculinity that can redirect anyones attention from your baldness.

  • Hair Transplant Surgery – This would be considered as the most extreme of all options faced by men with hair loss problems. Besides being expensive, it is also time consuming as it requires a multitude of clinical sessions to get the most optimum effect that you want. By far, hair transplant surgery is perhaps the most effective method in countering thinning hair loss problems for both men and women. The satisfaction rating for this in most cases is 100% for those who have undergone the procedure. The disadvantage of it is that you are limited by the hair styles that you can make with it considering that it is a permanent fixture that requires extraction of hair from the backside of your head for implantation to the affected area. The procedure can take from as short as weeks to almost months, depending on your specific needs.

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Shampoos that Prevent Women’s Hair Loss and Thinning

There are a small percentage of women that have a problem with hair loss and thinning as it is not a common problem compared to that of men. One of the most probable solutions is choosing a shampoo and other hair care products that can help this sort of problem. Matching the right kind of shampoo formulation or other products for your thinning and hair loss problems would take the help of a specialist to determine the root cause of your problem. Different kinds of hair loss and thinning problems require different solutions in regards to choosing the right product.

 

 

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It is of the utmost importance to seek out the cause of the problem of hair loss that may require a number of treatments as well as a combination of products as well. Determining the proper treatment method for your specific hair loss and thinning problem can be best determined by taking into account three basic points on how to find the best solution to your hair loss problems.

 

  • Finding the exact root cause of thinning hair loss and the most appropriate plan of how to treat it.

 

  • Find the proper shampoo, vitamins or any hair loss thinning products that can best tackle and produce the adequate solution to your hair loss problems.

 

  • Seek out the best supplementary treatments that will prevent the further acceleration of your hair loss problems as to arrive at a definite fixed solution that will not deviate from the expected treatment benefit.

 

Find the cause of your thinning hair loss problems and how to adequately treat it

Male pattern baldness is a common problem with men and is the sole cause of hair loss and thinning. For women however, hair loss can be traced to some natural biological occurrences such as menopause, lactation, pregnancy, menstruation or dirt and chemical changes that go along with the natural cycle that affects the roots and follicles of the hair. Hence, hair loss shampoo for women are formulated differently from those used by men.

 

Other causes of hair loss and thinning could be traced to stress, poor diet and adverse side effects medicines for in the treatment of illnesses. It is the utmost importance to determine the cause of your hair loss whether that be from heredity, environmental or health. The main idea here is to focus on the root problem itself, in the case of male pattern baldness, sebum and other dirt and toxins embedded in the scalp are cleaned and removed. Nutrition also play an important factor in determining the adequate intake of the much needed vitamins and minerals to help the follicles grow and improving blood circulation to the scalp.

 

 

The best products that will treat the problem of hair loss

Selecting the right product is as important as finding the root cause of your hair loss problems. The chances in succeeding with your hair treatment is based upon the product that will address your problems. First thing to consider in a hair loss treatment product is the beneficial effect of making the roots and follicles thicker and healthier. A product that can guarantee this specific effect is a must in your checklist. Secondly, besides making your roots and follicles healthier and stronger, it also put body and thickness to your hair as most hair loss treatment products nowadays do both.

 

Most shampoo for women’s hair thinning and hair loss have topical vitamins and minerals that prevent the penetration of ultraviolet rays (UV) while it nourishes the roots and follicles of the hair. These topical vitamins and minerals provide added external nutrition that help the scalp to circulate the proper blood flow and promote healthy roots and follicle propagation.

 

Such treatments that use Vitamin B complex, specifically B12, B6 and B3 (biotin), Amino Acids and Niacin, which are more of a supplementary method to the deficiency of these important vitamins and minerals, not to mention the use o Minoxidil as well, have all been clinically proven with positive results.

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I am 53 years old and live in Miami. I have two kids, one boy and one girl with my wife Linda. My son Jon is now 19 years old and in College. My daughter Jennifer is 14 and still in High-School. We also have a dog. When I don’t work in the marketing department of a health company, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends. I don’t do as much sport as I should but my family and me go on a skiing vacation at least once a year.