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5 • BENNETT BANNER •FEBRUARY 27, 1998
• SPORTS • HEALTH • FITNESS • SPORTS • HEALTH • FITNESS •
One in three Americans target tummies in 1998
cookies, mom's sweet potato pie,
It’s no wonder that, when the
new year rolls around, Americans
put “get in shape” at the top of their
lists of resolutions.
When we commit to get fit,
what body part are we most fo
Accwding to a survey con
ducted for Life Fimess, more than
38 percent of the 1,000 respon
dents poUed will target their stom
achs/abdomens during 1998.
A visit to any health club is
proof that men and women alike
are straining their stomachs on
floors, benches and other exercise
apparatus in a quest for the “wash
Considering the fact that con
sumers spent $4.8 billion for home
exercise equipment last year,
America is clearly committed to
deflating the spare tire.
While a flatter stomach pro
vides self-COTifidence and better-
fitting clothes, the medical ben
efits also are substantial.
Studies indicate that having a
tight abdomen releases mwe than
50 percent of the pressure between
tte vertebrae of the spine, accord
ing to a July 1997 article in the
In fact, many back problems
are related to excess weight and
weak abdominal muscles.
“With all the hype surrounding
the physical and medical value of
a toned stomach, consumers are
realizing the need to incorporate
abdominal exercises into their daily
routines,”says aNational Strength
Cranberry juice no cure Hogate's
for urinary infections
and Conditioning Association-cer
tified strength and conditioning
specialist with the DMB Racquet
Club in Phoenix.
“Abdominal muscles are used
in virtually every activity in our
daily lives from walking, running,
cycling and stepping to simple
stretching or lifting.”
“Exercising the abdominal
muscles alone, however, will not
give you a washboard stomach,”
cautions an American College of
Sports Medicine-certified health
and fitoess instructor and Life Fit
ness associate training manager.
“We can’t spot reduce a par
ticular body part, but we can do
something about getting in shape.
A fimess professional can help
design aprogram that incorporates
a balanced diet, limited fat intake
and a regimen of cardiovascular
and strength training exercises
which, in turn, can strengthen, tone
and reduce fat all over—including
the abdominal region.”
To give yourself the best shot at
keeping your tummy toned is to
vary your exercise routines.
Mother was wrong when she told you to drink cranberry juice for
your urinary tract.
According to Dr. Michael Cobum of Baylor College of Medicine in
Houston, there is no objective proof that cranbeny juice can cure a
Antibiotics are used most often for the common treatment for
recumng infections especially for women who are biologically predis
posed to frequent infections.
For women who are postmenopausal, estrogen supplements can
help with these infections.
Cobum cautions, however, that good hygiene and drinking plentj' of
water can help prevent infections, but drinking water wiD not “flush
out” an already established infection.
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