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WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2006

HEALTH CALENDAR TOT SAVER CLASS: PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH Mount Sinai Maternal and Child Care Center, Today, 6-9pm, $75 per person, $135 per couple. This three-hour class reviews the basics of life-saving techniques including CPR, assistance with a choking infant or child, and use of Emergency Medical Services (911). Registration is required. 1176 Fifth Ave, at 98th St, E-level (6 to 96th St) 212-241-7491 DIABETES EDUCATION EVENT Kmart Pharmacy, Today, 10am-2pm, FREE. A pharmacist will provide a meter demonstration, a blood pressure check and a medication review as well as lead a discussion on the basics of diabetes issues. 250 W 34th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves (1, 2, 3, A, C, E to 34th St) 212-760-1242 NETWORK FOR HOPE AT NY WATER TAXI BEACH American Cancer Society, Today, 6-9pm, FREE. Join the American Cancer Society for an after-work networking event of fun in the sand, cocktails and some of the best view of New York City. 203 Borden Ave, at 2nd St, Long Island City (7 to Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave) 718-263-2224

UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, Today, 5:307:30pm, FREE. Find out what you need to know about dementia. 360 Lexington Ave, between 41st and 42nd Sts, 5th floor. Registration is required. (4, 5, 6 to 42nd StTimes Sq) 800-272-3900 GUIDED MEDITATION AND PRANAYAMA: INSPIRATION AND INSTRUCTION Integral Yoga Institute, Tomorrow, 6-7 pm, $12. Expand or strengthen your practice of these two essential methods for mental and physical well-being. 227 W 13th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves (1, 2, 3 to 14th St) 212-929-0586 A SUMMER SPECTACULAR The Bronx Full Gospel Tabernacle, Sat, 3-9pm, FREE. This health fair and street festival will provide information on a variety of topics. 4211 Park Ave, between E 178th St and E Tremont Ave (2 to West Farms Square-E Tremont Ave) 718-731-64440 LEARN TO SWIM New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, July 25-Aug 11, FREE. This three-week program teaches kids basic water safety and swimming skills at public pools throughout the five boroughs. Registration is required; sign up Mon, 9:15-10:30am at pool locations. For a list of participating pools, visit www.nycgovparks.org. 718-699-4219

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Workout rules to live by It’s efficient and safer to practice proper etiquette at the gym By Abigail Ekue-Smith Special to amNewYork

Exercising should be a stress-reducing experience. But when you share a gym with others, irritating personal habits can often get in the way. To help make your workouts more efficient, safer and more enjoyable, here are three rules to keep in mind on the mats. Rule 1: Share your toys. Allow fellow gym members to work in — alternate sets — when they ask. You can also offer to let them work in so that they’re not hovering over you in between sets. On cardio equipment, abide by time limits, which are usually 20-30 minutes at a time. If you want to do

Use one towel to dry yourself; the other to wipe down machines. (iStockphoto)

more cardio, switch machines. Don’t do an hour of cardio on one machine during a gym’s peak period. Rule 2: Clean up after yourself. Always clean a machine, especially its handles, before and after you use it. Carry two towels during your workout; one to sit on and wipe down the machines and another to wipe the sweat from your brow. Cleaning machines can also fight the spread of disease. Many germs, including influenza, are spread by handling contaminated surfaces, then touching your face. Some facilities provide

spray bottles with cleaning solution and towels for members to wipe down machines. Rule 3: Put your cell phone away. For privacy, locker rooms are now nocell zones, thanks to the invention of the camera phone. For safety reasons, the same no-cell rule should apply while operating exercise equipment. Don’t think you can get hurt talking on your cell phone while running on a treadmill or elliptical trainer? Think again. In addition to being a distraction to you, it’s also a nuisance to the person on the stair climber next to you. If you can hold a detailed conversation while doing cardiovascular exercise, you’re not working hard enough.

Stretching: the truth about flexing If you’re unsure whether you’re stretching too much or not enough in your workout routine, here’s a truefalse quiz that can help clear up many misunderstandings about this crucial part of any fitness regimen. All answers come from the American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer’s Manual and the American College of Sports Medicine. It’s important to begin every workout with a gentle stretching session. False. Don’t stretch a cold body. Warm up first with

five to 10 minutes of brisk walking, light calisthenics, even marching in place — anything that increases your heart rate, raises your core body temperature and lubes your joints. Stretch until you feel a slight pain, then back off and hold the stretch. False. You shouldn’t perform any stretch to the point of pain. Do a stretch until your muscle feels tight, but before you feel pain. When you find the ideal stretch point, lean into it lightly, “bouncing” three

times to extend your range of motion. False. Never bounce while stretching, no matter what your high-school basketball coach told you. Bouncing through a stretch invites injury. If done regularly and carefully, stretching can increase your joints’ range of motion, contribute to improved athletic performance, nourish muscle tissue and improve coordination and posture. True. If you want a simple book illustrating dozens of

Don’t bounce when you stretch. (Los Angeles Times) good, safe stretches, pick up Bob Anderson’s “Stretching, 20th Anniversary Edition” (Shelter Publications). (The Washington Post)

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