Last week I wrote about keeping your gym membership and focusing on the gym amenities you really use. But if getting to the gym isn’t working for you, I suggest stocking your home with a few well-chosen pieces of exercise gear to help you start or maintain a consistent fitness regimen. Having your own gear handy puts you in control. It saves you time, since you never have to drive to and from the health club. It gives you a weatherproof alternative to outdoor activities like walking or biking. And it lets you squeeze in exercise in the morning before the kids wake up or in the evening while you’re watching your favorite TV show.
The most overlooked and arguably the most important word in health is “balance.” Why? Because this one word says it all! We spend our entire lives trying to keep things in balance, whether it’s our checkbook, our diet or our time management. Then as we age, we need to literally improve our physical balance to keep on doing the things we like to do.
Being the original Balance Ball people, Gaiam employees tend to do a little more bouncing during the day than people at most companies. A picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s go on a quick walk around our department …
To the right is me, Everett. I make sure search engines like the one on my shirt bring you to Gaiam when you search for terms like Balance Ball or fitness ball or stability ball.
It’s finally “hip” to give healthy gifts! We are all realizing that health is our greatest gift — so why not support your loved ones’ fitness and wellness endeavors or motivate them to take care of themselves? Here my best ideas (some old, some new) for giving the gift of fitness:
1. Heart Rate Monitors
The Core is an essential part of your physical strength and stability. It can at the same time be translated into being the essence of the inner YOU, where you build inner strength and create the energy you use. The muscles involved are the ones which support the back, and access and contract the deeper abdominals, instead of just the “six-pack.” A basketball player who has good core control can both jump higher, shoot further and run faster. The same goes for any other sport. In real life the core is what keeps our back healthy and supported and our shoulder and hip girdle working in symphony! If you have good core control, it can save you from injuries you might be prone to. In essence, good core control means good posture, strength, flexibility and most of all stability. In the same way you can use the core as an analogy for building inner strength and energy for life.