Summer is almost upon us here – well, at least in this neck of the woods it is.
Actually I shouldn’t say “almost”. I should say it “IS” upon us here … And given that the heat and humidity are at record levels, there are tons of things people do to “stay cool” during the day.
These include, but are not limited to –
Using the A/C everywhere possible.
Guzzling down tons of “cold” drinks – cold water – cold beer – and eating plenty of “cold” foods (ice cream by the ton, for instance).
Or simply plunging into the swimming pool whenever possible – or perhaps even a somewhat cool ocean if it’s there nearby.
Less clothing. Sunglasses. (OK, that last one wasn’t to keep the body cool, but whatever) …
Now, none of the above is necessarily something you “shouldn’t do” – or should do, for that matter.
Certainly not the first – I’m a huge advocate of using air conditioning – but what if I were to tell you that there is a better way to keep your internal temperatures LOW – and stop feeling so hot and sweaty throughout the day – even in oppressive conditions outside.
Well, I will – and it’ll be counter intuitive, but first, let me give you a brief recap of my “May Day” workout.
It’s Labor day here in mainland China, and they call it “May Day” – and I was up bright and early this morning around 630.
Threw on a pair of shorts and T-shirt, and off I was to the races — literally!
Hill sprints galore, and once done with that, I moved on to pull-ups – toughies, not the “regular pull-up”.
And as I finished off with my patented monkey bar “sprints” – a crowd gathered to watch the foreign devil effortlessly swinging himself across back and forth at a very rapid pace for what seemed like forever.
“Hao li hai!” (Very good!)
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At the end of all this, I was soaked in sweat. Though it was early on in the morning, I felt like I was literally breathing in FIRE as I sprinted up them stairs -and yet – right now – as I sit here writing to you, the exact opposite is happening.
My entire body feels COOL – and relaxed – especially my obliques and lower back which feel like an A/C has been applied to them – in a good way!
Intense sweating, huffing and puffing and super intense workouts not only melt fat at rapid levels, my friend – but they also COOL your body down – big time – through sweating gallons.
And while they do that, there is a far more important function to this – that being internal cleansing.
Martin Farmer Burns, old time American wrestler and strongman (he of the “20 inch” neck so strong that it reportedly survived a hangman’s noose – more on that later though) wrote in “Lessons of Wrestling and Physical Culture” that office workers though neat and “pruned” on the outside may actually be far “dirtier” than the externally dirty laborer who sweats in the heat all day long.
There is good reason behind this too.
All the showers, creams, lotions and facial masks in the world do little to address INTERNAL cleansing. Only a good sweat out does – and as I sit here feeling on top of the world – I figured I’d write to you and tell you about it!
All of this may sound counter-intuitive of course, but it really isn’t.
Last, but not least, “stay cool workouts” do NOT refer to “staying cool while working out”.
In other words, those long slow runs will actually HEAT you up from the inside out – and do far more damage than good to you – as will them cold six packs that seem so tempting at the end of the day, hehe.
Anyway, so that was my “May Day” workout. I’m off now – and will be back with more later!
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