Core Ball Workout Reviewed

A core ball is called by many names.  Instability Ball, Off-Balance Ball, Swiss Ball, or Engage All Your Core Muscles Ball would be more appropriate. You can find them in the Core Ball section of the Logical Weigh Loss Shop.

A Core Ball Buyers Guide

It is important to get a ball that is right for your size. Here is a basic guide: you will want to get a ball 55 cm for someone 4'11” to 5'4″, 65 cm for 5'5″ to 5'11”, and 75 cm for people 6′ to 6'7″. Be sure to buy one with a pump (it took me about 5 minutes to blow mine up, so I got a forearm workout in addition to the core workout).  Some come with DVDs but its almost not necessary as there are tons of resources to find exercises.

Core Ball Exercises on the Web

Mayo Clinich Slide Show

Ask Men Top 10 Fitness Ball Exercises

Pysio Ball Exercises for Your Core

I'm sure there are a ton on YouTube

The thing that got me is how much I was sweating after doing a short work out. This appears to be working!

Now the other thing is why did I buy one? Well in her Book Never Say Diet Chatnel Hobbs used one (and shoe lost 200+ lbs) and in his Book Are You Ready Bob Harper from the Biggest loser was using one. So since I've owned every other piece of exercise equipment, why not try this. The only down side is storage (as its big and will definitely not fit under the bed). The one thing about seeing these exercises in these books is that READING about the exercises does not make you thin.

Cool New Podcast “Beyond Diet”

I found a new podcast in iTunes called “beyond Diet by Keith Klein. Man he has some great points. Items such as if we have a bad day its like getting a flat tire. We may feel like we should just “blow off the day” and eat. He says this is like getting out and seeing the flat tire, and slashing the other three tires.  His website is www.eatingmanagement.com

My Fitness Coach for Nintendo Wii

This should not be confused with My Weight Loss Coach for Nintendo DS (which is getting fair reviews). I kept reading about how great this game is. Then I met someone online who actually has it. Here is what she said,

“I just got the My Fitness Coach ‘game' today and I have to comment on it. This is by far the coolest workout game I have ever played. First of all it's much more like an interactive workout video.

The trainer ‘Maya' guides you through a fitness test first which involved, jumping jacks (brutal), modified push ups, squats, and crunches. She then suggests a plan for you based on the info you put in weight and measurements and results from fitness test.

Today I did a 15 minute upper body workout with her and I think I may go back and try 15 minutes of straight cardio. With absolutely no equipment right now she has my back and chest muscles feeling worked! She also asks approx. 3 times during your workout how it's going, your available answers are No Sweat, I'm working hard or Too Hard, she then will adjust your next workout with her accordingly in the appropriate area.

Anyway just had to comment about how awesome this game is!!!

UPDATE *****

So I needed to hit my calories burned for today so I did 15 min of cardio with her. WOW was it good. It was at the perfect level for me. It was hard but not so hard that I couldn't push myself to do it.
I also did a 1/2 hour of Yoga with her which was wonderful. A little tricky at first but overall a great program. Yoga doesn't offer you the option of saying it's too hard but after having done Yoga on the Wii Fit this seemed like a natural progression.”

Favorite Workout Music

We got a tip from Joan who says she loves Blink 182's “Feeling This” as “It just gets her going.

Get Empowered with Empowerwalk

This show originates from www.logicalloss.com

Empowerwalk Interview

Today we interview Kevin Rogers from Empower Walk. Here are some of the interesting stats he shared with us.

85% of people who use one of this famous diets (Atkins, etc) will gain the weight back in a year.

80% of the reasons that people can't control their eating is psychologically based.

65% of the Us is overweight. 70% of us will be unhealthy by 2012 and 80% will be unhealthy by 2030. By 2048 almost everyone in the US will be overweight.

Why Are None of the Diet Programs Working Year After Year.

50% of people in the US do not exercise and the majority of baby boomer meals come from fast food.

You can purchase the Empower Walk audio book as well as a pedometer, and if needed, the audio book on an audio player at empowerwalk.com

Eye Opening Experience

My fiance and I were at Dicks Sporting Goods the other night. I hear “Oh my gosh come here and pick this up!” My Fiance had found the free weights and had picked up a dumbbell that was the same weight that she wants to lose. I walked over and picked up a 40 lb dumbbell (the amount I want to lose). I couldn't believe this was the extra weight I was carrying around. I can't imagine how much more energy I would have if I wasn't carrying this extra weight. If you find yourself in a sporting goods store, I HIGHLY suggest you do this quick exercise. It was quite an eye opener, and something I keep in mind when I want to do some emotional eating.

Ryan Didn't Learn

I was watching The Biggest Loser and Bob (the trainer) said Ryan (the winner from season one had gained all his weight back. What a shame. He had gone through all that work and now had nothing to show from it. As Bob put it, “He lost all the weight, but didn't learn anything.” I have added a whole “The Biggest Loser” section to our Amazon store.


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