Versatile Tool

Do you own one of those large exercise balls? It’s a pretty affordable fitness tool–less than $20 in most stores like Marshalls or Target. You can use it all the time and work your core without even knowing it. You can watch TV sitting on the ball instead of the couch. If you get one that is large enough, you can eat dinner sitting on the ball–imagine a photo of the whole family sitting at the table on large, varied-colored balls.

It will engage muscles without you trying and probably make you and your family laugh–another good way to engage the core!


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Anonymous March 5, 2009 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Maggie, you use a metaphor about
    ‘belly button to the spine’ And
    ‘elevator to the 2nd floor’
    Would you explain the metaphor.
    thanks Joe

  2. Maggie Downie March 12, 2009 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for reading. I go into more detail about the elevator on March 11th’s blog titled Elevator Going Up.

    As to the core engagement by the cue pulling your belly button to your spine–it is just that. Although sometimes it is easier to connect with on an exhale. Next time you exhale try to pull in your belly button using your core muscles. Think about pulling your belly button toward your back. It’s almost like sucking in, but we don’t like to call it that. I hope this helps!

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