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How to Buy A Treadmill - Key Points
By: Keith Thompson

Finding the best treadmill to buy shouldn't be a difficultthing to do. Treadmills have long been touted as a majorplayer in the health and fitness field and for good reason.They are relatively compact, promote vital cardiovascularbenefits, and are simple to use. Not to mention you don'thave to get in the car and run to the gym! The only thingleft is to find the right treadmill for you. Here are a fewtreadmill keys.

First, check with your doctor that this is an appropriatehealth regimen for you to embark upon. It probably is, oryou wouldn't be reading this! Next, check the motor and seeof it is powerful enough for your needs as relates toweight. Most brands offer several options in this area.Health monitoring features such as heart rate monitors arean added benefit to keep track of your progress. The abilityto store the treadmill economically is a plus also, andsturdy hand rails and easy on/off benefits add to yourexperience.

Other features that you may want to consider include safetyfeatures, shock absorption, variable speeds, caloriecounters (to tell you just how hard you've been working!)time/distance calculators, and of course a reasonableguarantee/warranty. The motor should be have a warranty ofat least 2 years, and the more the better. Some are as longas ten years. Shop around.

Buying a treadmill online can be very easy. Not only can itsave you money, but you can usually come up with good dealson shipping. Take your time and compare, and then startwalking!

Keith Thompson is the Webmaster at Best Treadmills a site offering top choices for your treadmill/fitness needs.

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The Power of Stretching    - Dave Snape


Your muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.

A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.

The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist that
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching. But,
it can't hurt, right?

So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen the
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.

Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often work
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for superior
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic

Why are stretching and flexibility considered important
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy to
know there are plenty of other benefits.

Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This mishap
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from it's
normal position.

Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
for days.

Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically

Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over

Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:

Dave Snape

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