More Hot Health and Fitness Products for 2009
Owner and manager
Never Summer Fitness LLC
Grand County, Colorado
Last week I reviewed three health and fitness products that may be hot in 2009. I will review three more products this week, but this is not an exhaustive review. There are many other products which will be reviewed throughout 2009, so if the product you are interested in learning more about has not been reviewed, continue reading this column during 2009.
Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Also, keep in mind that no one piece of equipment does it all and that the only way to achieve the results is by doing the work. Purchasing a variety of equipment may provide you with exercise options, and help to prevent boredom and overuse injuries. Consult with your certified personal trainer/group exercise instructor or physical therapist when purchasing equipment to make certain it safely and effectively meets your needs.
BOSU Ballast Ball ” Think of this as a weighted stability ball. There is a weighted material within the ball which shifts as you move it and this may help to create dynamic resistance challenging the core and other muscles of the body. The ball can also be utilized as a traditional stability ball and due to the weighted material; the ball may stay in place as you exercise. The ball may also be inflated to 55cm or 65cm sizes, which may enable you to change the size depending upon the exercises performed or the size of the individual using the ball. The price of $59.95 (www.powersystems.com) includes a foot pump and instructional DVD.
Airex Balance Pads ” These foam pads of all shapes and sizes, such as squares, ovals, wedges and mats, create a compliant surface functioning as stability tools. You might stand, lunge, sit, squat, kneel, pushup, and lie on the pads to help improve your balance, stability and coordination. The Airex Balance Pad, basic, is $54.95 (www.powersystems.com or http://www.performbetter.com) and the Training with the Airex Balance Pad DVD by Mike Boyle through Power Systems is $24.95.
BVT Fitness Caddy ” If you are tired of lugging an entire gym bag around with you to workout, then the Fitness Caddy may be a good alternative. The Fitness Caddy, which also comes in Cruising Caddy and Golfing Caddy designs, is a “slender tote” for items you typically must bring along with you to workout. There is a bottle holder, towel ring, front pockets for driver’s license and cash/credit cards, a back pouch which can hold most cell phones and an adjustable strap to be worn over the shoulder or sling style and a “D” ring to hold your car keys. You can check it out on http://www.fitnesscaddy.com and choose a design that works for you for $24.99.
Treadmills, ellipticals/cross trainers, upright and recumbent stationary bikes, stair climbers, and rowing machines will remain effective pieces of cardiovascular endurance equipment. There are dozens of multi-gym variations for muscular strength and endurance training as well. However, particularly when investing in big ticket equipment for in-home use, focus on quality equipment that stands the test of time, with solid warranties and maintenance service plans that meet your health and fitness needs and limitations.
Next week, I will review interactive exercise video games as well as recent fitness publications.
” Jackie Wright, owner and manager of Never Summer Fitness LLC, can be reached at her e-mail address: NSFGL@comcast.net, her Web site http://www.neversummerfitness.com and her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com.
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