Introduction to Exercise Balls Toronto ON

I remember the first time I saw a demonstration utilizing the physio ball for rehab in Toronto. The movements seemed elementary, until I got my dumb ass on the ball. Initially it felt obviously different, but the balance issue can be learned quickly.

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Women's Exercise Priorities

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- The amount of exercise women get changes as they go through different life phases, according to Australian researchers.

In an analysis of data from more than 40,000 women, lower levels of physical activity were associated with marriage and childbirth in young women and declining health in older women. But, the researchers found, activity levels often increased in women who were retired or widowed.

"By recognizing the life events that are associated with decreases in activity, women could be alerted to the risk," lead author Wendy Brown, a professor at the University of Queensland, said in a news release from the Center for Advancing Health. "For example, if you are an older woman with heart disease or diabetes, it is vitally important to stay active, as physical activity can help to manage those conditions."

Brown suggested that widowed women may use increased physical activity as a way to cope with the loss of their spouse. The study also found that young women who suffer harassment at work tend to boost their activity levels, and this may be their way of coping with the stress of the situation.

The study appears in a recent online edition of the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

"Situations like marriage and children change the amount of expendable time during the day," Amy Eyler, a professor of community health at St. Louis University, said in the news release. "It may vary culturally, but having children almost always decreases the feeling of self-priority for women."

Eyler added: "Figuring out ways to maintain regular physical activity throughout the life cycle is important. Even a walk around the block with a good friend can do wonders for both mental and physical health."

More information

The U.S. National Women's Health Information Center has more about physical activity.

SOURCE: Center for Advancing Health, news release, Aug. 13, 2009

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Exercise Balls Introduction

Exercise Balls: Core workouts to the max!

Author: Emile A. Jarreau

The selection of ball is limited to what’s available and my suggestion is to avoid the typical ball at the corner sporting good store, unless you want to hurt yourself with the usual collapsing, not so puncture resistant ball. For your sanity and safety, the Duro Pro ball or Sissel ball that has an inflated capability to support a 250 lb male holding a pair of 250 lb dumbbells will more than suffice for most mortals. Now, some starting exercises that can build a good starting foundation can be…

Back Extensions - Again, a simple exercise made more effective by the aspect of the extra stabilization needed to balance yourself while performing the exercise. Simply get on your knees and rest your upper body on the ball. Then, raise your entire upper body a few inches into the air using the muscles in your lower back making sure to stabilize your abs while you breathe continuously.

Knee Tucks - While in the elevated pushup position, move back so your thighs are resting on the ball. Now, tuck your knees into your chest by rolling the ball towards you. This one simply movement will tax your abs immensely and give you a core workout you won’t soon forget.

Keep in mind, this is a very abridged version of all the exercises you can do using the exercise ball. This handy piece of equipment will allow you to perform an incredible core workout and do it safely at the same time. So, grab a ball and a pump and get to work utilizing one of the most effective abdominal and core workout devices developed in the last 50 years.

About the Author: , aka, Emile Jarreau is 31 year veteran fitness professional and co-owner of in Long Beach, California. Also having 19 years of bodybuilding and figure coaching experience, he specializes in fat loss and all its aspects and freely shares online resources to the world.

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