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Jackie Wright: You Are Never Too Old To Play

Jackie Wright/Fitness Trail
Grand Lake, CO Colorado

Teaching, training, and coaching for 25 years in the health and fitness industry, I am certainly a proponent of classic, traditional, safe and effective exercise programs. And, also believe there needs to be serious client intent and commitment when clients are working out. However, all of our exercise programs include some element of “play” which integrates fun into the workout. One of the ways we create fun is by designing programs and classes which include fitness “toys”.

This week, we will feature several fitness “toys,” that you might consider adding to your in-home exercise program enabling you to have fun and play while you get fit. It is a good idea to purchase a couple of DVD’s which feature these tools so that you learn how to use these tools safely and effectively. You should also consider your personal limitations prior to purchase. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

Hula Hoop – almost all of us played with hula hoops as children and the hoops are back with one little change-now some of the hoops are weighted to add additional challenge when rotating those hips! We use hula hoops during circuit training to add a cardio and core component plus that sense of play.



Agility Ladders – if you play or played sports of just about any type, you have probably run an agility ladder. As the name implies, these ladders help improve your agility, balance, stability, coordination and speed.

Gliding Discs – these have been mentioned in this column previously, but it is worth mentioning again as these little discs are versatile and fun to play with while you improve your cardiovascular endurance, muscular and core strength.



Punching Bag and Boxing Gloves – the Wave Master Bag is a good in-home bag as the base is filled with 250 pounds of water, so it will stabilize enough for use and the design enables you to move it easily from one space to another. Gloves are a must to protect the hands/wrists. Play while you improve your cardiovascular endurance and work the entire body.

Slide Board – lateral motion training has been around for over a hundred years and is used to train many athletes in many sports. Sliding across the board with the booties you must wear for safety and effectiveness, is one of the most fun activities I have ever coached. If you are up for a challenge and want to play while you burn those calories, a slide board may be your ticket.

Air Ropes – are a variation on the theme of a regular jump rope. Air ropes enable you to “jump rope” but no worries about tripping on the rope because it is not there! The balls at the end of the ropes provide momentum to keep the arms turning the imaginary rope and also provide a great challenge for the upper body and core muscles. You can use the air rope in low impact and high impact ways and play while you burn those calories.

Of course, there are stability balls, BOSU balance trainers, ropes, tires, and dozens of other toys and most are available at http://www.powersystems.com or at http://www.performbetter.com.

Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She can be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net and her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com


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