As I take a Fourth of July blogging break, I am pleased to note that Gretchen Reynolds in the New York Times reports on research showing that short, hard bursts of exercise may do as much for you as regular lengthy routines: "Can you get fit in six minutes per week?" Good news. I am canceling the morning bike rides and the soccer games. This will leave lots more time this summer for eating and naps. I'm sure to end up healthier.
See you on the beach, but only under the umbrella: No more swimming. I don't want to undo all the good effects of those very special six minutes. And the latest research shows the beneficial effects of sleeping. Probably more so when a light, warm breeze is blowing.
Gin and tonics are part of the new plan, too. My research shows that limes are an essential food group in the summer.