Muscle Hustle: Exercise Equipment Tips

Looking for a way to keep fit, stay limber or lose weight? A diet of regular exercise can help.

Which exercise is best? The one you’re really going to do. For some people, that means working out at home on exercise equipment.

If you’re considering buying exercise equipment, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers this advice: Evaluate advertising claims for fitness products carefully. The FTC has sued marketers of electronic abdominal exercise belts for claiming that users could get “six-pack abs” and lose inches in a short time. The Food and Drug Administration has never cleared any kind of electronic abdominal muscle stimulator for weight loss or obtaining “rock-hard” abs. While some electronic muscle stimulators may temporarily strengthen, tone or firm muscles, they will not lead to major muscle-toning or a major change in appearance.


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