The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 24, 1998 · Page 49
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,. _ Q&A Fitness By GEORGE FOREMAN AND MIA HAMM Q: What can I do to trim and tone my legs? Loretta Moisten, Greenville, S.C. Mia: My favorite leg exercises include calf raises, leg extensions and leg curls for the quadriceps (front of the thigh) and ham| strings — all of which are best done on a machine. Something you don't need a machine for are lunges (shown at right). You do need to develop good balance to perform them properly. Practice without weights until you feel comfortable with the movements, then you can add light (1- to 2-pound) hand-held dumbbells. To do lunges: • Start with feet shoulder-width apart, eyes straight ahead, head up, shoulders back, chest out and back straight. Keep Ideal Kitten Food.1 Ask Your Veterinarian. Call 1(800) KITTENS to join our Kitten Care Club K u m. » f»r ^c • « w.com this good posture throughout the exercise. • With a slow, controlled step, move your dominant leg forward, being careful not to overstride. Lower your hips, and bend your knee so it is directly over your ankle, with foot pointing straight ahead (see diagram). Your back knee should be slightly extended to stretch your hip flexor muscles, and the knee should not quite touch the floor. • Push off with your front foot and return to your starting position smoothly without jerking your upper body. • Step forward with your other foot and keep alternating. Try five reps with each foot until you get your balance, then increase. Inhale as you step forward; exhale as you step back. Good luck, and keep your best foot forward! GET IN GEAR BY TERRY BYRNE Can't afford a personal trainer? The electronic HEARTalker monitors heart rate while pumping you up with encouraging words ($79.95). A chest band reads your rate while "Mike" chirps in your ear phrases like "You can do if and cautions you not to overdo. Due in August a female model, featuring Denise Austin. For info: 1-800-639-5432; Web site: www.newlifetech.com. Q: Help! I hate exercise! I'm 34 with four kids, 3 to 13, which means a very full schedule. I've considered getting In shape before, but I just could never face It. Truth Is: I hate to work out! But my husband Is exactly the opposite - Mr. Athlete through high school, college and the Marines. He's driving me crazy trying to take me along. How can I get around this loathing? Jana Gregory,Thornton, Colo. George: Talk about hating exercise! Talk to me! When you have a nice home (well, I do) and a pretty car (well, me again), you say to yourself, "OK, I've arrived. Why should I do more? Why should I bother to exercise?" Then I take a look at the people I consider some of the greatest exercisers of all time — like my wife — who have performed one of the hardest exercises there is: giving birth. Those children should be your No. 1 motivation. Why? Because our kids need us. They need us to be there for them, healthy and strong. We all need to take the family approach to fitness. The family that works out together gets stronger together. So, get with it. You have half the battle won by having an enthusiastic husband. There's nothing better than walking, all of you, together. Remember: Always stretch before and after your walk. And before you take that first step, go get a checkup from your doctor, ca Send your questions about getting In shape and staying fit to Olympic gold medalists Mia Hamm and George Foreman at "Q&A: Fitness,* USA WEEKEND, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22229-0012 (e-mail: fitness@usaweekend.com). 1O USA WEEKEND • May 22-24,1988

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