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By Stephenie Karony

Wednesday, February 23, 2000

Alexander Technique
can ease pain

Question: What is the Alexander Technique?

Answer: It's a method through which an individual learns how to change habitual patterns of movement that may be causing pain. Alexander practitioners help the student become aware of how he or she has been misusing his or her body, and guide the student to new ways of moving.

Sessions are usually one-on-one, and a series of lessons is usually required.

The goal of the Alexander Technique is to learn how to minimize stress and strain on the body, and to relieve and eventually prevent further muscle pain and discomfort.

If you're experiencing neck and/or back pain and you or your doctor cannot determine why, you may be a candidate for Alexander bodywork.

Q: I found a supplement called Triax Metabolic Accelerator at the drug store. If taken as directed, it's supposed to help me lose weight. I'm beginning to lose trust in these sorts of products because they never seem to do the job and often have harmful side effects. Do you have any information?

A: I sure do.

Even though Triax is sold in stores and over the Internet, the FDA warns that it contains a potentially dangerous thyroid hormone. According to the FDA this product can cause heavy sweating, severe diarrhea, insomnia, fatigue, lethargy, nervousness, excessive weight loss, and even heart attack and stroke.

There have been a number of cases reported of individuals have become very sick.

If you purchased a bottle of Triax I suggest you return it for a refund.

If you're taking Triax now -- stop, even if you're not experiencing side effects. If you are experiencing any side effects, see your doctor.

One of the biggest problems with supplements that artificially increase the metabolism is that one has to continue using them forever. Once you stop, your metabolism will rebound back to what it was before you started.

My best advice to anyone wanting to lose weight is to exercise every day, eat a diet low in fat, and eat fewer calories overall. The money you save from not buying bogus products can go toward more fruits and vegetables.

Q: I walk briskly for 45 minutes six days a week. Do I need to add weight training for my lower body?

A: That depends on your goals. Your legs and hips are probably receiving adequate exercise to protect them from osteoporosis, but don't forget your upper body still needs weight lifting for protection.

If it's your goal to firm and shape your buttocks or sculpt and define the muscles in your legs, weight training is a must. Also, if you're recovering from an injury and need to strengthen specific muscles and joints in your legs, weight training the lower body is highly advisable.

If you've hit a plateau and walking is no longer as effective at burning off body fat, then weight training can help.

My opinion is if a person falls into any of the following categories, weightlifting -- for upper and lower body -- should be part of a weekly routine:

Everyone over the age of 35; anyone in competitive sports; anyone wanting to lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight; those who want toned and defined muscles, a stronger body and stronger bones, and a more attractive physique; and anyone who wants more energy.

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Stephenie Karony is a certified health
and fitness instructor, a personal trainer and the author of
"Body Shaping with Free Weights." Send questions to her at
P.O. Box 262, Wailuku Hi. Her column appears on Wednesdays.

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