Okay, dudes. We all know it’s a good idea to start slow when you’re introducing your pale, pallid body back to the rigors of the summer sun and heat. Or at least you should after the great write-up I gave the entire subject yesterday.
Well, I’m back with a little more information on the subject. And, this time, I’ve got some advice especially for you dudes to remember as summer approaches.
You ready? Of course you are. Here it is. The advice? Start slowly.
I know it seems redundant, considering it’s what I said yesterday. However, this time I’m talking about all those exercises you put off over the winter. After all, if you didn’t do all those exercises over the winter, it’s not like anyone would notice through the sweater, jacket and overcoat you wore all winter long. Which means you’ve probably gained a few pounds and certainly lost a step.
But, being dudes, we’re more likely to step outside and immediately try to regain the form we last had four to five months ago. Guys, it’s not going to work. If you’ve been slacking off on the exercise so you could eat more junk food, you’re not ready to simply resume the whole process.
Again, begin exercising and only gradually increase the difficulty and the length you’re exercising. If you used to run five miles every other day, don’t start off doing that on day one. Work your way up to it. Do some walking and running for shorter distances. Get back to the running, but don’t hit the full five miles. Eventually, when you’re ready, then go for it.
Which reminds me of another little thing I need to add for you dudes. Summer is going to be hot. Really, really hot. You think you know how hot, but you don’t. Not really. You’ve forgotten just how bad it gets during the summer.
Which means you’ve also forgotten the rhythm and habit of drinking a lot of water when you’re working outside. Even something as simple as mowing the lawn can call for several glasses of water. Not beer, understand, but water. You need to replace the fluids you’re going to sweat out and beer just doesn’t replace fluids all that well. Unless the fluid you’re trying to replace is the water in the toilet bowl.
So remember, as you’re heading outside, whether to exercise, mow the lawn, or just enjoy yourself in the great outdoors, make sure you take it slowly, get used to the new rules for summer and have a lot of safe, happy fun.