Balancing Act: The Case for Adding Stability Training to Your Workouts

Great balance may seem like something you shouldn’t worry about until you’re scoring early-bird dinner deals, but it’s never too soon to start training. It’ll come in handy when you trip over the dog while carrying two handfuls of grocery bags, but that’s not all. Slowly losing your balance and coordination is normal as you get older, and perfecting your balance as you move through life means that, by the time your muscle mass begins to decrease and your bones begin to weaken, you’ll have a solid base you only need to maintain.

You’d think that staying upright would be a simple act to pull off, but, in reality, it takes teamwork from three major systems: the visual, the auditory (inner ear), and proprioception, our inner sense of limb position and movement in space, which is reliant on specialized neurons found in muscles and joints. Take one away (by closing your eyes or standing on an unstable surface) and balancing becomes harder — but that’s how you get better at it.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: Shred Your Arms and Abs with a Stability Ball

This week’s workout is going to zone in on — you guessed it! — your arms and your abs, with many of the moves in this workout done using a stability ball (otherwise known as a physioball). You’ll do a circuit of exercises three times, alternating between arm exercises and ab exercises. The rounds will decrease in reps, so you’ll do 20 for the first round, 15 for the second round, and 10 for the third round. Happy sweating, guys! Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: Crush Calories With a Kettlebell and Physioball

For this week’s workout, you’ll need a kettlebell and a physioball. (Can you tell this week’s workout is going to be a toughie?) For the kettlebell circuit, you’re going to start by doing 20 reps of each exercise, then do 16, then 12 and, lastly, eight reps of each exercise. Then, you’ll move on to the physioball circuit where you’ll do the same number of reps, but different exercises. Once you knock all four rounds of the physioball circuit out, you’re done! Got it? Good luck, friends!
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Faux Fur-Covered Exercise-Ball Desk Chair Is a Real Thing You Can Buy

PB Teen

PB Teen

Shoppist editor Emily Goulet IM’d me yesterday with perhaps a tad too much glee when she discovered that the Rockin’ Roller Desk Chair exists. “We need these for the office,” she said, in all seriousness.

I, for one, feel no desire to sit on a faux fur-covered stability ball all day. (And for the record, they don’t seem to do squat for your health or fitness, either.) But if you, like Emily, would love to bounce on one of these things, have at it. Hey, maybe it’ll inspire you to do a few midday crunches after lunch?

They’re at PB Teen for $149 and come in seven styles/colors.

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