So… um… I jinxed the weather! It went from nice and warm to a snow storm and 15 cm of snow. Winter, I am so over you!
Therefore, when it came to asking a question: gym or no gym? My answer was a strong: I don’t think so!
Especially, that I’ve got a great alternative! How about a workout with a stability ball that I purchased about a month ago for situations just like this one?! BINGO!
First of all, benefits:
- Effective and low-impact core workout
- Improve posture & stability
- Muscle balance
- Increase flexibility
- Must-have if you have back or spine problems
- Great rehabilitation from back, hip and knee injuries
- Strengthen abdominal muscles
Second, I wasn’t aware *most likely beacause I am a dum-dum*, but there are actually guidelines as to how to choose the right ball! According to ACE Fit, when you’re sitting on the ball, your knees and hips should align at a 90-degree angle. You can find the following guide extremely helpful:
Here is my take on 11 FANTABULUOUS stability ball exercises:
2 Push Up variations
Standing Side-Splits with a Ball
2 types of Roll-Outs
Plank Shoulder Taps
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Do you like trying out new exercises? What was the last time you tried something new? What’s your favorite stability ball exercise?
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I have never really told you what I do for living. Without going too much into the detail, I work in the financial industry. Working in the finance, as you can imagine, very often means that I sit all day long and stare at the computer screen while doing my best at securing my clients’ financial future. So the key word in the previous sentence was SIT… Sit all day long! It wouldn’t be too bad, but I have a horrible habit of sitting in the ways that are not good for my back. Most of the times you will see me sitting on the edge of a chair, even when I’m eating at home, which is a big no-no, or with my legs crossed. I don’t even know why I do it because it is not even a particularly comfortable position! *I know, you can call me dum-dum from now on!*
Anyhow, with RRSP season (Registered Retirement Savings Plan: a Canadian program to help residents save for retirement and reduce their taxable income at the same time) quickly approaching, my days are getting busier and busier. Thus, the last thing on my mind will be thinking if I’m sitting properly. So I decided to be proactive and educate myself a little bit more about what I could do in order to keep my back straight and avoid injury.
As you also know, good posture is critical to a runner’s success. Try this workout to improve your posture and to prevent hunched shoulders.
Now it’s your turn! Does your job require sitting for prolonged periods of time? How do you stay aware if you’re sitting properly?
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