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Yet Another Anniversary

Yep. It’s been six years to the day since Sgt. Pepper taught the band to pl–

Er, what I mean to say is that it’s been six years to the day since the first post was published here at A Dude’s Guide to . . . Everything!

I sort of covered this last week when I talked about the 2,000th post, but I just couldn’t help myself from talking about this again.

No, I’m not the type of person to observe the second half-month anniversary of the first time I kissed someone. I’m lucky to remember the anniversary of the day I got married.

Not because it doesn’t matter, but because living with my wife, known to me as She Who Must Be. . . Something Something Something, is so wonderful, it’s hard to believe there ever was a time when I was without her. (Did you dudes know she sometimes reads this blog? Apropos of nothing.)

Anyway, on this day in 2008, Barry posted our first post.

Here it is.

A Dude’s Guide is a funny and insightful look into what it takes for a Dude to be a better person. We are not saying that we are exceptional people but we try. We will use our experiences and adventures and misadventures to try to help other Dude’s learn and contribute to this Blog.

We will start by using our unique viewpoint on fatherhood and the sticky mess made of it by us and (we believe) most men. We will take takes a fresh perspective on such fatherly conundrums as: How do I change a diaper without getting peed on? How, exactly, do I make the little Dude (or Dudette) burp? How do I manipulate their minds to be good people and eat their broccoli?

We hope to make you laugh, learn and contribute at the same time.

Seems like a pretty good mission statement to me. What say we keep doing it for a while?

Yes?

Yes.


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2,000 POSTS! WHEEEEEEEEE!

This is the 2,000th post here on the Guide, dudes.

That’s 2,000 times either I (Richard Jones) or Barry (Barry Robert Ozer) have hit publish and sent something out to you, our (hypothetical) constant reader.

This blog has been running in one form or another since about this time in 2008. The first post actually was published by Barry on January 27, 2008.

In fact, Barry actually wrote the entire first week of the blog. Well, the first week’s worth of posts since they weren’t daily back then. After he convinced me, in the best fashion of Tom Sawyer and the whitewashed fence, that I really should be the one to write these things, I’ve been doing most of them ever since.

Although, really, I think the best posts are those that Barry brings to me. He’ll have something happen in his life that sparks an idea, he’ll write it up and then I’ll punch it up a bit, send it back to him, do a bit more editing and then put up here. The collaboration sparks things.

Things like our book, A Dude’s Guide to Babies, still available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine booksellers across this great country and other almost-as-great countries around the world.

When we started this blog, George W. Bush still was the president. Barry was happy about that. I wasn’t. Before our first year was up, Barak Obama was president. I was happy about that. Barry wasn’t.

We started this blog as a way to drum up interest in the idea of publishing our book, the aforementioned A Dude’s Guide to Babiesbut it’s become so much more for me.

While we don’t get all that much feedback here on the site, we do get a number of comments from folks through our Facebook feed, Google + and other social networking sites. We really do appreciate those of you, especially you, Chris Upson, our most frequent commentator, who take the time to let us know where we got it right and where we got it wrong.

I was going to thank the (metaphorical) little people, but realized that might not be as funny as it could. It’s also not true. I might be the person with his fingers on the keyboard, but it’s only because I got invited first.

When we started this blog, there weren’t a whole lot of places where men could go to talk about parenting. The idea of a stay-at-home dad was just beginning to gain traction as something other than a comedy idea. It still was a tremendous step up from where the idea was when I started doing it 14 years ago, but still far below where it is now.

Which is not to say the idea of a dad staying home to care for his kids doesn’t still get mined for far too much silly, dumb attempts-that-miss-wildly at comedy. But it’s growing into an accepted idea you won’t have to fight for.

So, thanks, everybody.

We’ve been having a great time. Spread the word. If you like what you’re reading, tell your friends about us.

We’re a fun couple of guys and we’d love to hear from anyone.

Thanks for reading however many of the past 2,000 posts you did manage to read. Thank you for your support.

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The 7-Minute Workout That Really Works — UPDATED

I love working out. Well, really, I love having worked out, if you dudes get the difference.

The benefits from working out are tremendous. I feel better. I look better (for certain often rather less-than-better values of better). And my mood is much improved.

Unfortunately, I severely dislike taking the time to drive to a gym, work out, then drive back home. There’s not much I can do around the house with a bum knee and severe plantar fasciitis in my left foot.

Which makes what I just found out about seem like a pretty good deal.

It’s the 7-minute workout. No, really. And it’s supposed to be as good for you as a longer workout. Again, no, really.

According to a column in the May 12 issue of The New York Times Magazine, high-intensity exercise for a short duration can be better for you than other sorts of exercise.

“There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” says Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., and co-author of the new article.

Which means that, with the right workout, you can achieve in seven minutes what might take someone else a much longer duration of work to accomplish. That is, get the benefits of an hour-long workout in merely 7 minutes. I’m 12well_physed-tmagArticleliking this more and more with every second that passes.

Before we go much further, though. Let’s take a look at the exercise progression that the paper’s authors recommend.

What they’re saying is that you need to basically book through this exercise regimin as fast and as hard as you can. This needs to be done at or near to your max capacity for exercise, dudes. Otherwise you’re just going through the motions.

Interval training . . . requires intervals; the extremely intense activity must be intermingled with brief periods of recovery. In the program outlined by Mr. Jordan and his colleagues, this recovery is provided in part by a 10-second rest between exercises. But even more, he says, it’s accomplished by alternating an exercise that emphasizes the large muscles in the upper body with those in the lower body. During the intermezzo, the unexercised muscles have a moment to, metaphorically, catch their breath, which makes the order of the exercises important.

So, yeah. I think I like this. I’m going to start doing it and then give you a report on who it works. Who’s with me?

UPDATE — Peter, one of the gentlemen behind the 7-minute workout showed up in the comments today. He mentioned that they loved the exercise regimin, but had a hard time remembering what came next. So he and the other dudes behind the curtain, went ahead and made a nice web-app over on their site.

All you have to do is go there, click on the HUGE button that says GO and you’re off. It’ll say out loud and on screen what you’re supposed to do and count down the time left. Then it will count your 10-second rest, followed by the next exercise. I love it.

Give it a try. If you like it, why not send them some feedback at feedback@7-minute-workout.net?

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