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.