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Rain Soaking your Outdoor Exercises? Have a Ball Instead!

Sure this near-constant cover of rain and drizzle for the past few days is outstanding for the drought-ridden desert ecosystem that is Phoenix, but it’s murder for an exercise routine that includes running, walking or biking outdoors. Even heading to the gym can be a chore if walking through the parking lot gets you drenched to the core.

Speaking of core… Exercise Balls are an extremely effective way to target core muscles while working out indoors. They are available in different sizes, making them so versatile they can supply a fun, full-body work-out all on their own, or with a set of hand-weights. Too busy to work out? An exercise ball can even provide a work-out while just sitting at your desk.

The Health Mark Swiss Chair Ball is one of the best all-around fitness tools for core strength training as well as rehabilitation. Training with an exercise ball helps to fine tune coordination and increase muscle tone. With just this simple tool, users can enjoy all the benefits of low-impact workouts without the need for gym memberships or costly training sessions. Exercise balls don’t require a lot of room, are easy to store and maintain and are perfect for when inclement weather discourages venturing out of doors.

Health Mark Swiss Chair Ball

The Health Mark Swiss Chair Ball is a key fixture in the home of fitness-minded individuals. Even as a chair it provides a quality core work-out. $83.30

Click here for the Top Ten Best Exercise Ball Exercises.

(Instructions and demonstrational videos included.)

Don’t forget to spice up your routine with these tried and true indoor favorites as well:

Fun, Effective and FREE Indoor Exercises:


  • Jump Rope
  • Abdominal Crunches and Plank
  • Sit-ups/Push-ups (these work great with the ball)
  • Squats
  • Stair-stepping
  • Lunges
  • Running in place
  • Knee-Lifts

Resolution and Weight/Weight Loss Shockers

aflogo-96x96Perhaps prompted by all the hyper-idealistic discussion about resolutions (which always inevitably revolve around diet and weight loss,) the Los Angeles Times recently reported that a few extra pounds is fine for your health.

I don’t know about you, but this news prompts in me a rare reaction of simultaneous shock and comfort. It evokes the former because it flies in the face of virtually everything else I’ve heard regarding weight and health for ohhh… my lifetime; a.k.a., more than the past thirty years.

It’s comforting because I am—like many of you I’m sure (hey, we’re Americans)—a few pounds overweight. I’m working on it though. My meticulously planned resolutions are on track now for three days and counting.

Regardless, the story is worth a gander. Plus the page features a Dr. Oz “Real Age” calculator. It’s smack dab in the middle of the story in the form of a Google Ad, but as far as ads go, you have to admit, it’s a good one. If you’ve never calculated your real age, it’s worth a go. It can be a real eye opening experience; and depending on your lifestyle, that can be either good or bad. You’ve been warned.

If this short series of bombshells are not enough for you, take heed. Solace comes in the form of another article listed off to the left of the page under “RELATED.” There is a link to a bit of news that ran in late December. It reports that running is actually a more effective way to shed pounds than weight training.

(Huh?) What is going on in this bizarro world of ours?

Personally, I’m happy about this one too. I like lifting weights, but through the years I have found a shortage of things in this world that that offer a greater sense of satisfaction and well-being than a good, hard, sweat-inducing, mind-wandering, run.

Not only does it promote a leaner body and a stronger heart, but it just as equally results in clarity of mind and an overall sense of calm.

Ahhh… 2013 is going to be a great year. I can feel it.

Ooohhh…. Jackpot.