I have lots of books at home that I haven’t read yet. A couple of days ago, I was browsing a bookshelf and found an exercise book I forgot I had.
It’s about working out with an exercise ball, so last night, I found my deflated exercise ball in storage, pumped it up and put the book to use.
Here are the pros and cons:
- It was very calming. The movements are slow and controlled, which reminded me of yoga. I was a little wobbly, but I’m sure I could get better. I was also surprised how hard some of the movements were, which is good. Room for improvement.
- I didn’t sweat. This was nice because my hair looked good, so I didn’t have to wash it afterwards. Today, I did my Zumba cardio party DVD and my heart was pounding within 5 minutes. I like the feeling of having a hard workout, but it was also good to work on strength and balance. (Side note: I asked for a Jillian Michaels DVD for Christmas and also like that workout. She doesn’t yell at me in the video like I was worried about. I don’t like mean women.)
- The book is good about explaining what certain movements do and the benefit of each one. I spent about an hour going through almost every exercise, but when I got to the back, the author said you could make it into a 20-minute workout. It’s nice to have the option of spending a little time or a lot of time on it.
- My exercise ball smells like those icky Valentine’s Day heart candies, which I hate.
- I was close to the ground for most of the workouts, so I noticed that I need to vacuum. Again. That was distracting.
- The book. While it’s nice to go at my own pace and have pictures and more explanation of what I’m doing, I think I would have a more continuous workout if it was a DVD. I read about each movement, tried to do it and looked over at the book during the movement to make sure I was doing it right. With practice, though, it might not be an issue.
- Anja kept interrupting. At one point, I told her to go to the other side of the room so I could do my inner thigh lifts, but she didn’t listen. This has nothing to do with the book or the exercise ball, but I wanted to give you a comprehensive review.