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By: Deborah Caruana

Ah summer time, it's one of my favorite seasons and it has everything to do with free time, sun and surf. Activities like volleyball, tennis, soccer, swimming, surfing, sprinting after curious children, playing frisbee with the dog, walking a mile to get a frozen yogurt or to find that lost flipper on the beach take precedence. All the ingredients that make exercise happen because, it's summer and itís fun.

I'd like to keep that spirit of summer alive through out the year. By finding a greater reason to stay cardio fit, besides the fact that it keeps you young, vibrant and healthy forever. Everyone does their strength training with me and they do fine, with good results. But Iím no longer satisfied with good results! The cardio component is still missing for some, inspite of my stressing its importance. So Iíve come up with a solution.

I propose that we get involved in training for a charitable events that involves either a 5K or 10K run (you can walk if thatís what you can do, unless youíve joined a team sport, then your time is a factor). If everyone chooses an event that will be a motivational challenge you may end up making these events a lifestyle, extending your life, expanding your heart and opening your mind. Other very real benefits include reaching goals with real results, a strong sense of purpose to your training, a chance to meet, share and socialize with other like minded souls. A chance to feel the benefits of team spirit and a huge sense of accomplishment that comes along with your lowered body fat levels.

It's time to get into the spirit of giving..Öitís guaranteed life promoting. All proceeds of your efforts go to the charitable cause sponsoring the run. This site has a current list of all upcoming events to choose from I will be keeping logs of everyone's progress, which will be documented and discussed in upcoming newsletters. Your story could be the next spot light article in this newsletter. Just think! Your chance to inspire others too!

Eventually if enough people are involved and motivated, I'd like to reach out and sponsor my own event for a good cause. Perhaps Iíll sponsor an ab fab marathon (Nicks suggestion), or body fat loss competition (over a month long period)I am open to suggestions, feedback and ideas. Most importantly, together, lets get involved! Improving ourselves as we help others!

DEBORAH is a highly respected authority in personal training for overall health and fitness, with more than 22 years of experience and success. Her credentials include...

Currently licensed Registered Nurse specializing in Rehabilitative Nursing Medical Exercise Therapist: certified by AAHFRP, an internationally recognized physical rehabilitation certification Maternity Specialist Pre & Post Natal certified by Maternal Fitness Personal Fitness Specialist: certified by NASM, an internationally recognized certification Yoga Teacher Professional Health Member, National Organization of Fitness Instructors (IDEA), a leading membership organization of health and fitness professionals Deborah Caruana RN, AAHRFP, NASM, ACE.http://www.vitalsignsfitness.comemail deb@vitalsignsfitness.comcall 212-677-3185Get Free Fitness Tips, Strategies and Secrets from a recognized expert at my web site:

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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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