It’s time to get on the ball. In SilverSneakers classes, part of the routine involves the use of a medium sized inflatable ball. Certainly bigger and softer than a soft ball, but considerably smaller than a volley ball, there are ENDLESS exercises we do with it. Though we also incorporate weights and elastic tubing, there is something about that ball that I have always loved best! Light, inexpensive and very safe, we can work just about any muscle in the body with that ball.
Yesterday I previewed a new exercise video that I purchased that I will be blogging about more in the near future. It comes with a ball and a great little pump to inflate, which I ended up using to re-inflate my 2 body rolling balls, which I thought were both punctured. (Turns out my old pump wasn’t working!) This has inspired me to pump up my stability ball as well. I ended up doing a good amount of the new video, but didn’t do enough of the hour to make a judgement yet. I always believe in trying things 3 times before forming an opinion, especially when it comes to workout routines. My guess is it’s NO P90X but I am still going to enjoy it and learn a lot from it, as well.
I have a thing for basketball players arms and shoulders. I am convinced that all that “dribble, dribble, shooting” gives them those buff, yet well defined upper body lines. As it’s also great cardiovascular work, incorporating lots of plyometrics, I often encourage people to add some “hoop shooting” into their routines, if possible. Baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, even golf…they all involve a ball.
Indoors or out, a ball is a fantastic “tool” for exercise and play! We don’t need fancy, expensive gym equipment to get fit. We need a little imagination and desire. Pick up an old favorite like a jump rope, hoola-hoop or ball, and get moving! If you reside in the US, summer is just around the corner (if you reside here in Florida, summer is already in full-swing). Revisit your childhood toys (and mind) and before you know it, you’ll be sporting a more youthful you, inside and out.