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Ten to Go: It’s time to play ball

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The author, Demond Johnson, owns A2 Fitness Professionals. Contact him at  demond@a2fitnesspro.com or 734-222-5080.

The author, Demond Johnson, owns A2 Fitness Professionals. Contact him at demond@a2fitnesspro.com or 734-222-5080.

It’s nearly impossible to walk into a gym these days and not see some form of exercise ball being used. Here’s why.

Most of us begin to gradually lose our balance as we age. That’s why so many older people fall and fracture bones.

Working out with balls improves balance because of the body’s response to the instability. Other benefits include increased strength, back and spinal support, core stability and improved posture.

There are all kinds of exercise balls: stability balls, medicine balls, bosu balls, etc. They can be used together or separately, with or without other equipment such as barbells and dumbbells.

Now get out there and — like those baseball players in spring training — play ball!

EAT

In keeping with our theme, we present peanut butter energy balls:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries or mini chocolate chips

Blend together peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon until smooth.

Pour in oats, rice cereal, seeds and cranberries and mix until coated well.

Refrigerate for an hour and roll into one-inch balls.

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