My Saturday morning circuit training class at Vancouver’s  West Point Grey Community Centre is a little unusual in that I am often called upon to give on-topic 3 minute lectures on a variety of topics. Sometimes I make them up, and sometimes people ask questions. I then endeavour to answer them.

This past Saturday was the first one where any signs of summer were apparent in terms of sunshine and temperature. I told the class, “Yesterday my step daughter came to visit, and said, ‘There are white people sun tanning all over the lawn.’”

“That’s OK,” I told her. “That’s what white people do. I think it’s genetic. It’s probably linked to the gene engages on Saturday night that causes them to pile all the stuff on their front lawn to have yard sales on Sunday morning.”

I heard some murmuring  in the class wondering where my family was from, and I explained that they were Jamaican.

All that talk about sun bathing spurred a question from a participant. “”Mike … puff … puff,” she asked. “What kind …  puff … puff … of exercise … puff … can you do … puff … puff … while sunbathing?

“ Excellent use of breath control on that question,” I said. “Do you mean exercising in the heat, or while actually exercising while laying in a supine position on your back and devastating your skin cells with  ultra-violet radiation?”

“Both, “ she said.

I told the class that many people suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke while exercising in the summer heat. The problem arises when people do not become acclimatized to the hot weather. They reside and work in air conditioned environments, and the only time the leave it is the 50 foot walk from the air conditioned buildings to their air conditioned cars. Then they run into trouble as the go for a run at 2:00 PM as it’s really too hot.

“You have to really watch it when working out in the outdoors in summer.” I told them. “ Slow down and make sure you drink lots of water unless you want to get scraped up off the hot pavement and into an ambulance. Give yourself some time to get acclimatized by staying away from the air condition. “

“As far a sunbathing and exercise is concerned,” I continued ”You can do crunches or work on strength and flexibility I warned them not to do anything too rigorous, as they would likely be holding a drink. If the drink spills, it will attract wasps. If you attract wasps, you’ll want to run away. Wasps are like bears. If you run, they chase. Getting chased by an angry wasp will make you vault from your comfy position to a full gallop in under a second. This will attract more wasp and bears and before you know it, you’re exercising in the heat.”

Spinning a drink will bring on the ambulance toscrape you off the hot pavement.

Luckily, summer only lasts three months.

Mike Broderick WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he FOUND employment for people with physical disabilities. 
He is now seeking other opportunities.
He remains an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist and is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine in Port Coquitlam.

You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net  or at 604-464-4105
If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.
Apparently 22% of companies in the Greater Vancouver area will be hiring within the next month. Get your resumes ready.



  1. energywriter Says:

    Great answer, Mike. My preferred summer exercise is lifting my glass of lemonade while sitting in the shade.

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