Having a Ball

Saturday, September 12, 2009

In January of this year when I began my "Road To Health" I began making exercise equipment and clothing purchases to add to my dusty collection and give me inspiration to succeed. I started with a food scales and weigh scales that also monitor fat percentage and hydration. Next came a high end professional model treadmill (my only true splurge and I LOVE IT: I had an older model that I sold) and an exercise mat for floor exercises. I already had an aerobic step with tapes that I used and enjoyed.

Looking through the flyers one day I noticed a pretty good deal on an exercise ball with DVD, so I bought one. I'm going to be honest: I inflated it only to have my grandson play with it. Until lately, that is. As I cruise through the SparkPages and explore all the wonderful and quality information within, I looked into exercises to incorporate the ball. Well, what have I been missing??? I LOVE THE BALL!! I can do so much more with higher intensity than just floor exercises. Can you believe that I'm actually enjoying crunches and back extensions? I'm not kidding.

I've never been a fan of weight training but understand that it really is an important component of a good health program. After receiving an article from my surgeon on weightlifting for women with lymphedema my latest acquisition has been hand weights; 3, 5 & 7 pounds to start. I add this into the ball exercise routine and have a "ball" with my hand weights.

It's always a learning experience with exercise and health. I've learned that I can have a "ball" while exercising. I have become a huge fan and proud member of SparkPeople and commend the contributors for their ongoing commitment to health and quality of information.

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    I've often considered the ball, but shy away from using one. It seems intimidating, thinking I'd look like an idiot at the gym! LOL

    Good for you! Sounds like it's going to be just the ticket for you. I'm glad you are enjoying it!
    4339 days ago
    You have lots of equipment. I have to go to the Y and use their equipment.
    4339 days ago
  • LAURA5979
    My ball sat in the corner for a long time too. Exercising on it though is so much more comfortable than on the floor. It gives you a better range of motion too. Keep up the good work.

    4339 days ago
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