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Let your mind decide your kind of training!
By: Ingela Berger

There are thousands and thousands of training techniques,
fitness equipments and experts that tell you how to gain
fitness and what the best ways are to train your body. It's
easy to feel confused and to spend large amounts of money on
things that later turn out to be disappointments. And then
you might never want to try again.

You don't have to follow other people's ideas of fitness and
training. There will always be new trends and fashions in
all aspects of life. To gain fitness, the least important
thing is caring about the latest outfit or expensive
training equipment. The important thing is to ask yourself
these few questions:
What makes me feel good?
What do I like to do?
When am I happy?

Make a personal choice!

After asking yourself these questions you should make your
own choice. You need to find your own personal ways to
keeping fit. If you don't want to go to the local gym or
join the football club, maybe you prefer putting on some
good music and creating a new dance of your own in your
living room a couple of times per week? Or maybe you'd want
to play hide-and-seek in the park with your next door
neighbours every Friday? Let your mood be the driving force!
Discover the feeling of joy and pleasure that comes with
moving your body! The season offers lots of opportunities:
Outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, swimming and
different ball games are fun and easy and mostly they don't
require large investments. What makes you feel happy? Don't
ask yourself what others might like. Find your own way! Have
fun! And be brave enough to try new things that may enrich
your life!

About the Author

Ingela Berger started her own Internet business

Lifestyle Plans

in 2003 to inspire others to make
reality of their dreams of a healthy and fulfilling
lifestyle. Ingela has studied theatre directing, history of art,
and leadership psychology. After some years working with art exhibitions and the theatre she is now back at school
to become a health and lifestyle consultant.



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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
shocks.

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
speaking.

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

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

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:
http://tinyurl.com/6c6kq
 

Dave Snape

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