What is a new way to have fun during the mundane activities ? Purchase a stability ball !
Yes, I know that they are useful with Pilates type workouts, but there are so many other thigns you can do with them. You can sit on them while playing Wii games like Samba Amigo and bounce to the music. You can sit on them and roll around while watching mindless TV and all the while work your core muscles. You can also sit on the floor and play a modified form of rolling dodge ball with family members, use them as foot stools and probably terrorize cats and puppies with them. Though the cats may have the last word when they attack the ball with claws.
We bought one of these mainly for my use yesterday. I am working on strengthening my core muscles and toning my abs, and I keep hearing a lot of good things about these. So I found one at Target, on sale, and it came with resistance bands and a DVD that may be the most poorly engineered DVD I have ever seen. Not a problem though. After about a half hour of pumping the thing up, I sat on it and found just why it is so good for your abs.After initially feeling like George Jetson on a treadmill ("Jane, stop this crazy thing !!") , I started hearing an old childrens toy commercial in my head(weebles wobble but they don't fall down) , I started to feel stable and enjoy the ball. After 30 minutes of rolling around I got off and noticed my inner thigh muscles felt like I had been horesback riding . Ouch ! Then I started playing with it for my back muscles, and I am in love !
We spent the other day taking down the Christmas stuff and went to swap out all of our Playstation 2 games and gear for Wii titiles. One of the ones we grabbed was My Fitness Coach. It looks to be one of the best games to date for sustained levels of exercise, and is pretty detailed with the profiles. Found out that I may be in better shape than the guys, but time will tell. This afternoon we are going to do our first workout with the program and then play with other things. They guys are off at church and I plan on having a meaningful session with my stationary bike and crunches in the peace and quiet. Back to school tomorrow, and so the holidays are really over.