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Treadmill: Learn How To Make Optimum Use of a Treadmill
By: Jasdeep Singh

Treadmills serve your purpose 24/7 and 12 months a day despite of snow, sun or rain. Without any doubt, treadmills have great utility. Half an hour walking on treadmill keep your body firm and fit. Sometimes it even helps you in loosing weight too. Probably the easiest exercise for sedentary people is walking,(recommended speed is 2 miles per hour.) Treadmills come real handy when external reasons like unsuitable weather, icy roads or your tight schedule do not allow you to go on walk outdoors.

Make your treadmill your friend! : Treadmill Guide

a) Initially you might feel uncomfortable while running on treadmill and feel as it is not meant for you. But this feeling generally gets on to many people. Slowly get accustomed to it. After all, it is for your great health.

b) Start by walking on treadmill. Set speed to say, at 5 mph to start off. You can take support from handrails but don't make it a habit. It is supposed to be used only in beginning.

c) Do not use hand rails once you have started running.

d) While running, stay in the center of the belt. Don't try too hard and try to push against the belt. Let belt do its work on its own and you just keep floating above it.

e) Turn on some good music so that you don't feel lonely or bored.

f) Keep varying the elevation at regular intervals. By raising elevation, you make up for the wind resistance which you encounter while running on roads.

g) Make sure you don't swing your arms outwards. Treadmills help you correcting your running posture too.

h) Focusing is the key. Look straight and not downwards.

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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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