Resistance Exercise

Updated U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines Allow for Small Steps

Updated U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines Allow for Small Steps

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released their updated version of the guidelines for physical activity earlier this month. This is the first update since the earlier version of the guidelines published in 2008. The study reported many of the health benefits of regular exercise and released the activity recommendations for children and all adults.

Resistance Exercise And Mental Health

Resistance Exercise And Mental Health

Did you know that close to 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental illness? It’s true, 43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year. A sad fact is that many individuals, especially minorities aren’t receiving adequate services or treatment for their mental illness. Did you know that as part of a healthy lifestyle, resistance exercise can help reduce symptoms of mental illness?

Why Cardio Isn't Cutting It

Why Cardio Isn't Cutting It

The Gravity Ball team has interacted with many individuals over the years, and from these experiences we are convinced that resistance exercise has been and continues to be underappreciated and unknown by a majority of people who could benefit from it the most.  

3 Health Benefits of Resistance Exercise

3 Health Benefits of Resistance Exercise

New research comes out fairly regularly showing the unique benefits resistance exercise provides for our health. It’s time for resistance exercise to begin to shine and for people other than bodybuilders to begin benefiting from this unique style of exercise. Now let’s go into some ways in which resistance exercise can benefit our health.

Three Reasons Not to Resist Resistance Exercise

Three Reasons Not to Resist Resistance Exercise

Milo of Croton, a famed Greek wrestler from the 6th century B.C. is said to have carried a bull daily from the time it was a calf until it became a full size bull.  

This story is said to have influenced a well known principle of resistance exercise, called progressive resistance exercise (PRE) which is the gradual increase in the load a muscle carries in order to build increased muscle mass and strength over time.

Cross Training With The Gravity Ball: Resistance Exercise + Running

Cross Training With The Gravity Ball: Resistance Exercise + Running

If you're a runner, do you currently cross train? Cross training as defined by Runner’s World, as a combination of exercises from other disciplines, different than the sport the athlete normally practices.  In the case of runners, cross training can include swimming, cycling and doing other types of fitness when they are not running.