ParentDish: Exercise Issues

Roger Sinasohn of ParentDish wants to exercise—he really does—but with the kids’ busy schedule he just can’t find the time. Here’s his dilemma:
After that, I would sit in the hot tub and kibitz for a bit and then walk home, often stopping at a coffee shop to drink a cup of joe and work on my novel.

I was down to my lowest adult weight ever and well on my way to hitting 200lbs. Then, we had kids. Rachel leaves very early in the morning, so I have to stay home with the kids until it's time for school or until someone is here to watch them. After work, I come straight home and get started on dinner, and cleaning up, and getting the kids to bed -- the whole nine yards. By the time they're in bed, and I'm working on stories for ParentDish, my vision is getting blurry and my brain starts shutting down for the night.
Well, if Roger figures out when to exercise, he might want to give this abdominal workout from The Detroit Free Press a try. Take a look:
Lie on a mat with your arms extended out and palms facing down. With your legs in the air directly over your hips, position a stability ball between your ankles. With your abs tight, squeeze the ball.

With your right shoulder pressed to the floor, rotate your legs to the left as close to the floor as possible. Then, engage your abs to raise the ball back to the starting position and repeat to the other side. Try 12 repetitions to each side.
I’ve used a ball before—it’s okay—more for beginners. How do you work your abs? Oh, and please head over to ParentDish and give Roger some exercise advice.
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Jennifer Cochran - November 21, 2007 1:47 PM

Working in physical therapy for > 6 years now and teaching Pilates for 3, I would tell anyone who is in a crunch for time to begin with holding your stomach in as much as you can throughout the entire day. Learn how to contract those muscles (pulling the belly muscles down and in). Whenever you move, pull them in and tighten them up. You will be surprised what this simple movement can do for those abs!

Michael - November 21, 2007 3:39 PM

The YMCA I go to has Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi in the evenings. I imagine they are all near equal in terms of building strength, tone, and flexibility.

Michael - November 23, 2007 8:20 AM

My prayer life and meditation helps me tremendously in all areas of my life. I believe it is an important part of living a long, healthy life. I used to debate on-line quite a bit, but I realize there really isn't much point to it. I believe time will show the problems with the low-carb style of eating.

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