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04 Jan 2005

Swiss Ball
Hi,

I weigh 56Kg my height is 1.65 and I'm 26. I'm not too unhappy with my body but would really like to tone up and my New years resolution is to get fit (wish me luck) I work long hours and really don't have time to get to a gym. I recently purchased a swiss ball. It has it's own excercise program -by using this will I tone each muscle group? Do you have an excercise program using a ball. I'm also walking for 20min a day or using my stairs in the house to get a bit of a cardio workout.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Jo

i'm glad that you have made this resolution. one thing that is important to remember, and is another reason to exercise, is that you will benefit from exercise even if it is not for the sole reason of weight loss. There are plenty of hidden benefits, and so while it is great that you are happy with your body, exercise is still great, and I'm glad you are so inspired.

Now, with regards to the swiss ball, I am a firm believer that it can be very good for you, in terms of toning and working on stability, which is a vital part of fitness. therefore, i encourage you to use it according to this programme and make the most of any chance you get. however, I think that the more important session for fitness is the walking. Doing the swiss ball exercise is quite static (it's never completely static and there are some exercises that can be quite tough), but i am fully of the view that dynamic cardio training is the more important training, and that's why i would encourage you to keep going on the walking. If you can find another 10 minutes, and do 30 minutes of BRISK walking each day, then you are really on track and will benefit.

So, good luck, keep it up and have fun.
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