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July 27, 2009

Fun With The Swiss Ball

We have to watch a video for a lab activity tomorrow. The video is about Swiss ball exercises. In fact, the video is intended to train the elderly in the use of the Swiss ball. While informative, I was surprised to find that much of the video was devoted to non-ball, core stabilizing exercises. Hmmmm. Weird, though not invaluable.

But here's a nifty website, AskMen.com that has the top 10 basic Swiss ball exercises, how to do them, and which parts of the body they target. Even better, for visual learners like me, you can roll your cursor over the picture beside the description and see the exercise demonstrated in its correct form. Great!

If you're interested in Swiss ball exercises, books and videos abound. Therapeutic Exercises Using the Swiss Ball is an instruction manual that comes highly recommended with illustrations and clear, detailed instructions. If you're interested using free-weights with the ball (a great option if you don't have an exercise bench) check out Weights on the Ball Workbook: Step-by-Step Guide. A good video for basic Swiss ball workouts is Swiss Ball Basics. Some of the reviewers like this one because it has a scope beyond fat burning for women.

So, if you've been using your Swiss ball as an extra chair, try some of these exercises to get the ball rolling. Okay, sorry about the pun. But seriously, if you want to inject some fun into your tired workout routine, try some of these exercises. You'll have a ball! Ahem, really, I'm sorry, I just can't help myself.

PS: My favorite ball exercise: Core Crunchers.

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Posted by linda at July 27, 2009 6:41 PM

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