Getting in Shape with Bender Ball

Archive for June 2010

I can’t imagine anyone being honest when saying they actually enjoying doing crunches.  Let’s face it: crunches suck.  They are tough and uncomfortable and require way too much puffing and panting.  But the results they often render make us think that it’s a case of the old adage ‘no pain, no gain’ running true.  Not so.  According to Dr. Rob Johnson with these crunches one is generally using “less of the muscles you want and more of the muscles you don’t want,” so what ends up happening is that you get painful ribs but not necessarily flatter abdominals.  That is where the Bender Method helps.  “What’s unique about the Bender Ball,” he says, “is that it will help you relax the muscles that you’re trying to avoid training and help you activate the muscles that you’re really trying to focus on.”  Now that makes much more sense than your friend trying to convince you regular crunches are fun and easy.

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I usually go walking in the evenings, and then come home and do about 10 minutes of crunchless abs with my Bender Ball.  When the summer months start, however, I find it hard to go walking when it’s so hot out.  All that I really want to do is to get into a pool!  So, why not?  I’ve started changing my routine so that I’m in the pool for my exercise routine rather than sweating it out on the track.

I’ve found a few helpful articles that direct the novice swimmer to create the right program to get started.  I’m following this routine and enjoying it a great deal – and my motto to melt it off still holds, even in the pool.  Swimming is actually very good exercise and I’m enjoying using this form of exercise as a break from my normal routine.  Give it a try and see if it works for you as well!

There must be days when, no matter how dedicated you are to your exercise routine, you just cannot be bothered. Or, you are just tired, or perhaps suffering from menstrual cramps. Now, these events can hit you quite often, so do you really want to have to not exercise on all those occasions? Well, you might not have to any longer. Today, there is a shoe that can help that! Check out this crazy new invention and watch the video at: http://thegreatfitnessexperiment.blogspot.com/2010/05/does-being-on-your-period-make-you.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheGreatFitnessExperiment+%28The+Great+Fitness+Experiment%29

But as well, you can also find an exercise that will benefit you even if you are suffering from cramps. This is where the Bender Ball fits in. It is such a gentle exercise that you will not finish it with any pains at all; in fact, you will feel comforted and relaxed. So not only can the Bender Ball help you with mild cramping, you can also continue on your workout routine, going for the results you desire without having to stop! It’s a win-win situation!

Obviously, as a father, it’s my responsibility to set a good example for my kids. I’ve found, lately, that my exercise routine is motivating everyone else and I love this bi-product of my new exercise enthusiasm. Rather than just sitting and watching t.v. these days, I am on the floor doing crunchless abs with my Bender Ball. My kids see this and it motivates them to multi-task and to find creative ways to fit exercise into their lives.

It is also showing them that exercise is important. I know that obesity today is a massive problem in the Unites States – even among children – and I like that I’m setting a good example for my kids with my desire to melt it off, to do crunchless abs, to jump rope and more.

My oldest son even asked me recently if we could get a treadmill so that he can exercise on days when he can’t go running. Now, that’s the type of money that I like to spend! Bender Ball, crunchless abs and my exercise routine are really making an impact on my family – and that’s worth all the money in the world to me!