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A sexy pair of legs moseys
its way down a soft, vacuumed carpet, around a bend, and through a
long, narrow aisle.
Suddenly, these shapely stems, which are encased in bright spandex,
dissolve into a jungle of many others, instantly blending into the
vibrant surroundings like chameleons. The long row of gams seems
endless. They’re shaking, they’re baking, they’re
working like jackhammers - together in harmony – as if they
were all drilling for oil.
The machines drown out the booming disco racket from the overhead
speakers. All you hear, aside from the constant hum of machinery,
is metal on metal, minus the smear of grease.
Squeak. Squeak. Squeak.
The stunning blonde attached to these legs peers down at a dark
screen. At first, it looks like she’s about to indulge in a
game of Pac-Man or Donkey Kong, but in actuality, her ensuing fun
is of a much different variety. This woman is about to work
After punching in a few keys as if it were tax time, her hips
slowly begin to grind, and just like that, the fun has begun.
Needless to say, the year is 1999 and what once was accomplished
with such basic simplicity has now entered the world of hi-tech
devices and advanced microchips.
To a new patron, who just wandered through the door, it all seems a
bit pretentious as he peers over the motoring array of
Stairmasters, steppers, treadmills, and stationary bikes.
The observer smirks and chuckles, knowing well that, not so long
ago, for the goal at hand, two legs and an old pair of Nikes were
all that was required.
However, the art of running seems a forgotten trade, not just for
the random observer, but for the fitness public in general. For the
mainstream crowd looking to foil the flab (and perhaps partake in
the social aspects), a nice, honest jog through the park loses out
to a sweat-session on the stairs any corporate day of the week.
Yet, one fact remains, the same fact that has survived both the
tests of time and the endless evolution of technology. Nothing will
whip you into shape faster and more effectively than a good,
Aside from the fresh air that expands your lung capacity, something
you can’t get at an indoor gym, running continues to stand as
the leader in conditioning, fat burning, and keeping your heart
rate up. Just compare the three miles down Main Street with the
same distance on the rubbery conveyor belt of a treadmill. The
difference in the way you feel is astounding.
But one such concept factoring in the demise of running is the
belief that it is a muscle man’s worst enemy. Reports that
running will chisel away on that hard-earned beef have been
relentless. Thus, the running fad has come to heel a bit, almost
seemingly limited to the hard-core crowd.
The experts say that the ideal method, however, to avoiding such a
tragedy is to jog lightly for the first twenty minutes and then
upgrade to a more vigorous pace thereafter. After the twenty-minute
segment, the body generally kicks into the fat-burning business as
opposed to the muscle-consuming business. Remaining at a steady,
moderate pace (say 70 percent), and ditching any hopes of becoming
the next Jesse Owens would seem the most logical approach,
especially for new runners.
Besides, doesn’t a nice stroll along a quiet country road
amid the birds and the tress sound somewhat appealing?
Doesn’t it beat gaping at the sweat-drenched back of the guy
on the Stairmaster in front of you?
If this is you, then perhaps it’s finally time to leave those
noisy treadmills and squeaky stationary bikes behind … far
enough behind to choke on your dust.
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