I got this very brightly colored stability ball a couple of years ago as a gift. And in case you were wondering, I did ask for it, although once I saw the color my first thought was, “That doesn’t match anything in my house!” Then I wondered where to store the thing, but remarkably, it fits in the bottom of my closet as long as I close the door really fast!
One of many things I’ve learned over the years is that getting fit doesn’t look the same for every person. And your definition of fitness may be different than that of your best friend’s. And in addition to the definitions being different, there are also lots of different ways to achieve certain levels of fitness.
Some may want to be runners, some are gym buffs, some just workout at home – but regardless of where or how you workout, it is important to pay attention to your core strength. I read an interesting article the other day that I will link if I can find it again, talking about the fact that some of us want to be runners or triathletes but really aren’t ready to train for those sports because we aren’t strong enough. I could see the author’s point, because when we don’t have the right muscle strength in our legs, back, and abs then strenuous activities like running can cause injuries if we aren’t ready for them.
Hence the picture of the stability ball. When I first got it I didn’t use it much. I wasn’t really sure what to do with it, or whether or not it really worked. But over time I began to use it more frequently and now really enjoy it. I incorporate it in with the free weights I use, the Gym In A Bag resistance bands/cuffs I have, and plain old floor work. I like to mix up my exercise because 1) I get bored and 2) I know that mixing things up keeps my body guessing as to what comes next.
Do you have a favorite way to strength train, or a favorite piece of equipment? I’d love to hear what you do because I’m always looking for new ideas! Diane
The Mayo Clinic has a nice slide show with some ideas on how to use the exercise ball to improve your core strength. I would demonstrate some exercises myself, but when I did one for the girls they laughed so hard I knew that wasn’t a great plan! 🙂