What the heck is BOSU?

Written by Joe Serpico

What inrepparttar World Is BOSU?

You may have seen them inrepparttar 144572 gym: half of a large rubber ball that's flat on one side. They're often blue in color and look like a gigantic outtie belly button. "What are those things?" you wonder. Well they're BOSU balls (or balance trainers). It'srepparttar 144573 latest rave to hit fitness centers across America.

BOSU is an acronym that stands for "Both Sides Up". You can userepparttar 144574 balls, also referred to as trainers, or balance trainers, on either side. Whetherrepparttar 144575 rounded bouncy dome part is up orrepparttar 144576 flat 25 inch platform side is up, you'll get different types of balance challenges.

This cross-training fitness invention has its origins inrepparttar 144577 field of medicine, balance, functional and sports specific training. It offers a different means to make exercise more appealing and effective for average people, fitness fanatics and highly trained athletes.

So what do you do with it? You can walk, run, step, hop, jump and leap onrepparttar 144578 BOSU trainer. You can work it at an easy steady rate-pace that can be maintained for long periods or pushrepparttar 144579 intensity with anaerobic intervals. Or do some stretching on it. Active stretches userepparttar 144580 muscles ofrepparttar 144581 body to move a body part whereas passive stretching uses gravity or an outside force to put stretch-tension onrepparttar 144582 target muscle(s). While standing or kneeling onrepparttar 144583 dome, you can moverepparttar 144584 upper body lower, higher, torepparttar 144585 sides or by reaching for and picking up cards from various locations onrepparttar 144586 floor, or by touching and/or relocating cones that have been placed in close proximity torepparttar 144587 dome. It's great for working your trunk too. Maintaining spinal alignment is important to low back health and sports performance.

Fitness is the Best Investment

Written by Joe Serpico

What if a trusted friend were to tell you about an investment where you could not possibly go wrong...what would be your reaction? And what if there was a vertitable mountain of credible information that supportedrepparttar investment claims...wouldn't you be inclined to take advantage ofrepparttar 144571 opportunity and not miss out onrepparttar 144572 rewards? Althoughrepparttar 144573 answer to these questions seems apparent, when it comes to investing in our health and quality of life we often choose to ignore what obviously works. Take for example, exercise...

Physical fitness may berepparttar 144574 ultimate investment opportunity. Think of it this way. If you are willing to makerepparttar 144575 commitment (investment), you will feel and look healthier, have an abundance of energy, be more self-confident, more productive and discover a more joyous and fulfilling life. These are rewards that money cannot buy andrepparttar 144576 basis of high quality living. Andrepparttar 144577 investment in exercise becomes even more attractive when you consider that there is absolutely no down-side risk. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. How much better can it get? How many times can you remember ever having a better offer? Probably never, and yet many of us fail to act on this extraordinary opportunity. We simply choose to procrastinate or ignorerepparttar 144578 proven benefits of exercise!

Here are a few reasons that sometimes inhibit our willingness to "step out" and make a change or take a chance:

- Sometimes our vision gets clouded. We lose track of what is really important. Try to remember what you are trying to accomplish. Sometimes we get so caught up inrepparttar 144579 detail that we forget where we're going.

- If we look atrepparttar 144580 "big" picture, it can seem overwhelming. Andrepparttar 144581 biggerrepparttar 144582 task,repparttar 144583 more overwhelming it can seem. Breakrepparttar 144584 task apart into smaller pieces. Want to lose 50 pounds? Go for 10 pounds, five at a time! Need to start an exercise program? Begin with short, simple exercises and slowly expand your routine. The absolute worse approach to exercise is to overdo it when first startingrepparttar 144585 program. We seem to have this all or none mindset where we end up killing ourselvesrepparttar 144586 first few times out. We end up stiff, tired, disillusioned, and then we quit. Moderation isrepparttar 144587 key.

- Have you ever not wanted to start something for fear of failure? Takerepparttar 144588 first step and acknowledgerepparttar 144589 fear, thenrepparttar 144590 next step will come easier. Fear ofrepparttar 144591 unknown scares us so much we don't want to even begin. Once fears are acknowledged, they usually quiet down. Takingrepparttar 144592 first step allows us to go pastrepparttar 144593 fear and on torepparttar 144594 next step.

- Sometimes we start to think that a task is unpleasant or boring. Just like any other activity, this can also be true for exercise. There are days when we just plain lackrepparttar 144595 enthusiasm and motivation to continue. It's part of human nature. On days like these focus on 'why' you are doing it. Think about allrepparttar 144596 people you care about and who may need and rely on you. What would happen if you became ill or disabled and were unable to work for a period of time, or worse, if you were out ofrepparttar 144597 picture completely. How would things change? If something happened tomorrow, how would your family or business manage without you? What do you want your life to be like inrepparttar 144598 future? There are many tasks or chores we do, that we may not like, but are necessary to live a happy and productive life. Focus onrepparttar 144599 bigger picture.

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