- Don't use steam baths, saunas, or hot showers immediately after exercise. The heat
brings blood to your skin, possibly straining your circulation. You should also not squat
or hold your breath, which can adversely affect your blood pressure and heartbeat.
- Stay away from exercise gimmicks. There's no shortcut to physical fitness. Even massage
is of no value in building muscle or losing weight. For a muscle to be strengthened, it
must be actively engaged in movement, not merely acted upon, as in massage.
Dream machines that promise exercise without effort are a waste of money. If there is no
effort, you are not exercising. Vibrating belts do nothing to build muscle or to take off
weight. Nor do other machines in the arsenal of health clubs: barrel rollers, electric
exercise bicycles, electric joggers. Passive exercise machines have little or no value.
They cannot "break up fat deposits" and "take off inches," as most