Garden season is over here in the Midwest and Thanksgiving weekend gluttony is threatening me. With that in mind, I am looking for creative ways to keep my back limber and body fit while waiting out the cold weather. Spending eight hours a day in front of the computer in the winter means a much lower exercise rate. I do walk as often as I can outdoors, however, having a regular source of indoor exercise is important to help maintain muscle health in the winter. My requirements for indoor exercise are stringent: no hard stuff, no fancy-pants clothing required, and of course, super convenient.
Gaiam sent a BalanceBall Chair to me to try-out and I think I have discovered a partial solution for my exercise-the-back woes. When you sit in the BalanceBall Chair, the ball acts very much like a shock absorber and eases your body into an ergonomic position, so it is easy to use as a chair while sitting at a desk. It helps prevent poor posture and helps strengthen “core” muscles.
The chair system came with a plum colored ball (that matches my bedroom/office), a resistance cord, a flat band, an instructional DVD, a hand pump, and two easy to read guides – a desktop guide to use while you are at your desk and a workout guide (see in the photo above). I pumped up the ball, then followed the instructions – wearing my old holey jeans and t-shirt – and found the exercises worked my muscles while being easy to accomplish.
Exercising in your comfy jeans in your office without having to go to an expensive club – very cool! I like the Gaiam BalanceBall and am anxious to use it through the winter.
The BalanceBall System is on sale for $99 through December 5, 2011 if you want to order it directly OR you can follow the rules below and try a chance at winning the BalanceBall System. I will have the awesome people at Gaiam mail out the BalanceBall System color of your choice directly to your home if you win. What a great way to help exercise away that Thanksgiving dinner!
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN A GAIAM BALANCEBALL SYSTEM:
- “LIKE” me on my new Facebook Fan Page and leave a comment below letting me know you did so – http://www.facebook.com/ShawnaCoronadoMedia.
- “LIKE” Gaiam’s Facebook Fan Page and leave another comment below letting me know you did so – http://www.facebook.com/Gaiam.
If you like both Facebook pages you will have two chances at winning. If you’ve already liked either of us, or do not use Facebook, leave a comment also – that counts.
The winner will be chosen from a random number generator selection on November 27, 2011.
Good luck and enter today to win!!
In accordance with the FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that Gaiam sent this balance ball chair out to me for no charge in exchange for my trying it and writing a review about it. I like Gaiam products in general, but all opinions expressed here are my own and are completely honest.