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SUNNING INTO SHAPE FOR THE OLYMPICS

Even the physicians of the ancient world used the power of the sun's rays for healing. Whether the Olympic competitors of ancient times consciously included the sun in their training regime is not known. However, it is possible to assume that they preferred to train in the open - to improve their strength. And they weren't far off the mark, as science now proves - over 2000 years after the first Olympic Games in ancient Greece.

At the Rhine-Ruhr Olympic Base in Essen, Dr. Dietmar Alf (specialist in sports and performance medicine) put athletes from a wide range of disciplines on a course of sunbed sessions. The focus of the scientific study was to record the long-term effect of UV rays on the performance of top athletes. Once a week the candidates went on sunbeds simulating natural sunlight, where they were exposed to a UV dose well below the level that triggers sunburn. The result: increased performance in all of these top athletes.

After this "natural" treatment, the athletes' immune systems were stronger than ever before. As a result, every individual taking part in the programme was less susceptible to infections. This was, of course, particularly important to the athletes in their preparations for the Olympic Games in Sydney.

And what goes for top athletes, also goes for the "normal" sunbed user - regular sessions on a sunbed help to improve fitness levels. Relax and get fitter at the same time - all possible on modern sunbeds. One more reason to visit a tanning salon regularly.
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