One of the great exercise tools available – that you may not be currently using – is a stability ball.
You may have heard them called all type of different names – Swiss ball, exercise ball, ab ball and others. When you see one, you know what it is. They are inexpensive and extremely versatile for a variety of exercises, particularly in the upper body and core areas.
Two reasons I really like using a stability ball – first, you can use it anywhere. You don’t have to be at a gym to use one. Second, working out with a stability ball is yet another low-impact method of varying up your routine in a positive way. Remember that whenever we’re working muscles that don’t always see attention or when we’re forcing our bodies to burn calories in ways we’re not used to, the results are all good!
I found a couple of helpful references to get you started with stability ball workouts. The first is a video presentation by a fitness instructor Nicole Nichols through http://www.sparkpeople.com/ -- http://tinyurl.com/6yyzps. Here’s an article by Paige Waehner on http://www.about.com/ that spells out how to choose a stability ball and exercises you can do -- http://tinyurl.com/2y4afe.