I recently took an exercise class called, “Let’s Have a Ball.” For 50 minutes we did numerous exercises, every one of which made use of a large exercise ball. We did exercises for the arms, the legs, the chest, and more.
I wanted to share this with you because I walked out of that class amazed by how much you can accomplish with nothing but a ball, which makes it one of the most convenient and inexpensive exercises possible. You can get a ball for under $10 at Walmart (I got mine for about $10 at Marshall’s) and in addition to using it for exercise, you can use it as a seat at your home desk or while watching TV (sitting too long on a chair is bad for you and there is a movement to standing desks—you can read about my standing desk here.)
I found this web site with ball exercises. I’m not endorsing the web site; I’m just sharing it to give you a sense of the wide range of exercises you can do with a ball. I’m a bit more comfortable recommending this link from the Mayo Clinic or this one from WebMD.
Even with those, if you want to take up ball exercises (and this is the case with any new exercise you want to take up) it’s critical that you learn how to do it the right way. I urge you to attend a class. You can find one for $20. Or you can pay more and hire a personal trainer for an hour.
Making time for exercise is a big challenge for many people and having a ball in your house makes exercise more convenient and/or can enhance the exercise you are already doing.
Have you used a ball? Or do you have other good exercise ideas to share? Join the conversation with your comments…