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Exercise balls for fat people (plus bonus scale talk)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I was adding air to my exercise ball and realized that I know something that other people may not. Did you know that most exercise balls have a weight load of 300 lbs or less? A lot of the cheap ones have a limit of 250! Well, I know that the only way I can do crunches is on an exercise ball, and I also know that I weigh more than 300 lbs. And I don't want to sit on a ball that is at risk of popping. Enter the Fitball. Weight capacity of 1250 lbs!! You can bounce away on this puppy with no worries of rupture.

While I'm on the topic of being big and wanting to be fit, lets talk about scales. If you are as big as me and don't have a high capacity scale and rely on your doctor's visits for weigh-ins, you are just setting yourself up for frustration. Here are some scales that I've owned and recommend:
d=1359460577&sr=1-17&keywords=440+scale The good: super accurate, looks pretty, 440 lb capacity. The bad: beeps every damn time you step on it. or bump it. And doesn't take regular batteries, only those little button cell ones.
1359460681&sr=1-3&keywords=550+scale The good: 550 lb capacity. Takes AA batteries. The bad: batteries seem to die fast. And maybe once every 20 times, it'll give you a crazy inaccurate reading. So if you suddenly drop 20 lbs in 1 week, be suspicious and step back on.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MSCHAFER615 10/13/2013 7:48PM

  Can you just sit on the ball and bounce? I seem to get my heart rate up by doing that, and with bad knees and no feeling in my feet, I need something that will jump start "spark" my fitness!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 1/29/2013 8:25AM

    I hadn't checked the weight capacity on the exercise balls! Good to know!

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SCHECK5 1/29/2013 7:55AM

    great info

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DMEYER4 1/29/2013 7:07AM

  thanks for all the info. Have a great day

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