The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 29, 1996 · Page 46
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 46

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, September 29, 1996
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Q: I'm 34 and used to be very athletic — step aerobics, softball, skiing. Two years ago I hurt my neck and back in a car accident and couldn't work out I'm completely healed, but I've gained 40 pounds and can't get motivated to lose it. I'm too embarrassed to go back to the gym. M.K., Shepherdsville, Ky. Flo-Jo: It doesn't matter if you have gained 100 pounds or more. What matters is that you accept yourself GETTING STAKIEb ^ The will to start over ^ The way to warm up This week your coach is Florence Griffith Joyner. Overweight and too embarrassed to head for the gym? unconditionally. What you look like is not a determining factor for success; it's how you feel about yourself. A few ideas for getting started: • Set specific goals. Is your goal to lose 40 pounds, to be more fit, to get back on a softball team? Write your goals on a piece of paper and put it someplace where you'll see it every day. • Start small. Begin with an easy activity, such as walking. Give yourself an immediate goal, such as 20 minutes of walking for the week. Once you accomplish that, set a slightly higher goal for the next week. Don't compare your activity level now with what you did before your accident. Focus on what you can do now, and do it. • Get inspired. Buy some motivational books (my favorite is the Bible). Music can be tremendously motivating, too. • Find a workout partner. Walk with a friend, or your pet. I know how difficult it is to be motivated about something that depresses you, but you must believe all things are possible. Good luck. Q: My workout partner and I disagree on how to warm up before exercising. I believe the occurrence of Injuries is reduced if we stretch before exercising. He believes we should begin exercising by running In place or performing jumping jacks. Who's right? Stan King, Kingsville, Texas Flo-Jo: I don't want to jump into the middle of a disagreement between you and your friend, but I will give you my opinion. Before I work out, I warm up with a mile run. I do this because I have found I can eliminate injuries by warming up my muscles properly before stretching. Once my muscles are nice and loose, I stretch. I just feel more confident knowing I have less chance of pulling a warm muscle. I've tried it both ways. If I were to stretch without jogging first, I would be extremely tight and would have a greater chance of injuring myself. With that said, everybody is different, and what works well for me may not work for you. I have friends who stretch before they warm up and have no problems. But I believe stretching cold muscles can be painful and can cause some nasty injuries. My advice: Run in place to get warmed up, then stretch before beginning your workouts. E3 READER UPDATE Dear Flo-Jo; When your column debuted in USA WEEKEND fin June 1995), you responded to a letter from my son, Erik Cartton, regarding a training program for Increasing speed Erik spent that summer training with his brother and a friend. Then he varsity center and made the All-League team. After the season, he was named North Coast Section Scholar-Athlete of the year. This (all, Erik will attend Brigham Young University, where he has received a full scholarship. His goal is to major in both education and sports psychology in order to become a high school teacher and football coach. We're proud of Erik and wanted you to know that you had a hand in his development and achievements. Jay Cartton, Dublin, Calif. George Foreman and Florence Griffith Joyner take turns answering questions on getting and staying In shape In this exclusive weekly column. Write: -Fitness," 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22229-0012 (e-mail:; fax: 703-276-5518). •J ONUNE: Stretch your potential in the Body Smarts area of USA WEEKEND. America Online keyword: USA WEEKEND. USA WEEKEND • Sept. 27-2V, 1W6 7 Y)u'll be hard pressed to find a better b price. BLACK & DECKER 21 QUICK'N EASY" X470 Aiilo-off, Sure Steam" System, surge of steam, spray. BlAGKSiDECKER BLACK & DECKER® QUICK'N EASY X480 Auto-off, SlhvrStone'Jlnisb, Sun Steam" System, surge of steam, spay. BLACK & DECKER' QUICK'N EASY'X410 Aato-off, Sun Steam™ System. WAL-MART N PRICES. — flto ALWAYS LOW PRICES. ALWAYS WAL-MART. C 1W6 WAUMAUT hnpi// Evefyn, Wal-Mart associate

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