Although the summer is over and the school year has begun, it is still important to remember to get an adequate amount of daily physical activity not only for you but your kids as well! Today on the blog, we’ll be highlighting exercises that kids can perform using an exercise ball. Prior to sitting on and performing exercises using an exercise ball, it is important to determine which size works best for you. Therefore, make sure to watch our PTtip video where Dr. Maureen Ambrose, PT, DPT, OCS, OMPT, shares her own tips on how to choose the right size:
Now that you know which size to choose, our PTtip video explains both how to properly sit on an exercise ball while doing schoolwork and demonstrates fun, engaging exercises using the exercise ball, such as a simple game of catch and the classic game of ‘hot potato,’ that your kids can perform that target the core, arm, and back muscles:
The fall season is officially here, and with a new season also comes an array of new in-season produce options to try! For example, you may spot a wide variety of squashes at your local grocery stores or farmer’s markets. One type of squash that is now in-season is delicata squash. Delicata squash is an excellent source of vitamin A and also a good source of vitamin C. Simply roasting in the oven by halving the squash, scooping out the seeds, and seasoning with a drizzle of olive oil can be an easy way to try this vegetable to see if you like it! Another in-season produce option to enjoy this time of year is pears. Several varieties are available, and this fruit supplies a great amount of dietary fiber. One creative way to enjoy pears is by making homemade pear sauce just as you would with apples!
Make sure you watch both PTtip videos to learn how to choose the right size exercise ball and how to properly perform exercises that your kids can do with an exercise ball. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with one of our physical therapists, give us a call today at 1-855-PT-FIRST!
Produce for Better Health Foundation. (n.d.). Delicata Squash: Nutrition. Selection. Storage. Retrieved from http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/delicata-squash-nutrition-selection-storage
Produce for Better Health Foundation. (n.d.). Pear: Nutrition. Selection. Storage. Retrieved from http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/pear
*As a reminder, always discuss any questions or concerns with your physician regarding your own health and dietary needs, as the information written should not replace any medical advice.