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Super Bowl Athletes Prepare for Game Day by Getting Feet and Hands in Shape
By: Dana Lawrence

Callused, rough feet and hands are a common problem for professional and amateur athletes alike. When their feet and hands are not in top shape, it’s a silent factor that hurts a player's game. Carol J. Buck, CEO of Xenna Corporation, says, "A number of top professional football and basketball teams have used our products to keep their feet and hands in top condition, including the New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, San Antonio Spurs and Orlando Magic." Xenna Corporation offers patented, natural solutions for discolored, thickened toenails, callused feet and hands and dry cracked heels.

Late last year their NonyX® Nail Gel was nominated by a professional football player to for inclusion in FX Sport's National Football League and National Baseball League Alumni Guide and Yearbook. Only products personally endorsed by a player are permitted to appear in these publications.

Patented NonyX Nail Gel is an ethanoic acid topical that rids toenails of their yellow or dark discoloration by exfoliating the source of the problem - keratin debris buildup under the nail. Dark or yellow keratin debris can build up under nails over time, causing them to lose their clear, healthy-looking appearance. A recent clinical study confirmed NonyX Nail Gel significantly improves toenail color and clarity by exfoliating yellowing keratin debris from under the nail, and is safe for use by diabetics. A 4-oz bottle is a three month supply.

Basketball players also need to keep their feet in top-notch form and are turning to NonyX Gel as one solution. Ted Arzonico, Head Athletic Trainer of the Orlando Magic basketball team, reports, "Basketball players are leery of new products, but when they see my results, it's a very different story. My nail looks really good."

In 2005, NonyX Nail Gel will continue to introduce its benefits to athletes by supporting professional golf tournaments and Little League Baseball instructional events. It can be purchased in the footcare section of Walgreens, Rite Aid, Longs, Drug Emporium and most Medicine Shoppe drugstores or from podiatrists and independent pharmacies. . Online sources are www.drugstore.com and www.xenna.com.

For calluses and cracked heels, professional teams such as the Jets have discovered newly patented Callex® Callus Ointment. It is the first foot product to use plant-derived enzymes rather than acids to exfoliate thick or dry skin. These enzymes are selective to dry, thickened skin and therefore do not irritate or burn normal skin, thinning only what needs to be exfoliated, while leaving normal skin moisturized and soft. Callex has been shown in consumer studies to reduce callus, dry, flaking skin and cracking on soles and heels within 15 to 30 days. It is also safe for diabetic use. Callex Ointment is available in the footcare section at Longs Drugs and online at www.drugstore.com and www.xenna.com.

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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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