Grip strength is the force generated through our forearms, wrists, hands and fingers to hold, carry and pull on objects. Every time we sign a check, drive our car, carry our groceries, text our friend or unscrew a jar we should thank our grip-strength.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that can cause tremors in the hands, limb rigidity, motor issues and cognitive challenges, all of which can make exercising very challenging. With the Gravity Ball’s unique system, it makes using weights possible for people with Parkinson’s disease. The Gravity Ball’s adjustable, high strength Velcro straps secure to your hands or feet during exercise allowing you to use weight without having to grip on the weight.
Osteoarthritis afflicts millions of people across the world and is the most common form of arthritis. It can damage the hands, shoulders, knees, hips and spine. While some people might be reluctant to exercise fearing it could harm their joints, research shows that that the opposite is true. People with osteoarthritis should continue to exercise.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an occupational hazard that has become common as more jobs require day-long computer use. This syndrome can cause wrist pain and numbness in the fingers. Since many exercises, especially those that strengthen the arms, require strong grip strength, having carpal tunnel syndrome can deter people from exercising.
Check out some of our most frequently asked questions about grip-free exercise.
A new article published by Harvard Medical School Article addresses two factors that affect the effects resistance exercise has on your bones and muscle health.
Welcome to part three of this three part series where we'll show you how to use each type of strap on a Gravity Ball. Today, lets go through how to use the removable straps to increase the challenge and variety of your workouts.
Welcome to part two of this three part series where we'll show you how to use each type of strap on a Gravity Ball. Today, lets go through how to use the loop straps which allow you to strengthen and enhance symmetry of your major joints.
Going grip-free is simple! In this three part series we'll show you how to use each type of strap on a Gravity Ball. First, lets go through the adjustable straps which allow you to do resistance exercise that doesn't require you to grip the ball.
We’ve all had to do it… Adapt. Change what we are doing in order to do something new. The need to adapt can take place for a variety of reasons. Regardless of the reason, adapting can be difficult.
Today we are evolving at a faster pace than at any time in human history; whether technological, physiological, or cultural. This constant state of change can make adapting to new situations seem difficult or all together impossible.
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.
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 may include swimming, cycling and doing other types of fitness when they are not running.
When it comes to incorporating exercise into our daily schedules, many of us to feel resistance or difficulty to do so due to a variety of reasons. See CDC’s list of common barriers to exercise. Adopting an attitude of versatility or an open mind towards our environments, may make the idea of exercise more palatable.
We frequently get asked a couple of questions: What exactly is grip-free exercise? and why is it important? We thought we’d take a few of minutes to answer these questions. Grip free exercise is any exercise that does not require you to grip the equipment in order to perform the exercise.
For this blog post we’d like to share a quick tip we like to use while using our Gravity Ball, the Lines Principle! The Lines Principle is the practice of aiming to form straight lines in our movements in order to improve our form, posture and skeletal alignment. See three ways we recommend practicing the Lines Principle!
Dr. Dawud Lankford MD, MPH, urologist and Dr. Mark Chavez, creator and owner of The Gravity Ball & The Health MD met with each other last week to discuss the importance of exercise in healthcare.
What if instead of counting reps and sets during exercise, we focus on the total amount time spent exercising? We propose, by doing this you will allow increased flexibility and creativity into your workouts while still making the most of the time you spend exercising. Read on for some tips on how best to do this.