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    Portland Inventor Wants To Get You In Shape

    By Paul Fitzgerald

    We all know how important it is to exercise on a daily basis.

    Exercise helps prevent diseases of sorts, improves stamina, strengthens and tones muscles, enhances flexibility, helps control weight, and most of all it improves your overall quality of life.

    There are all sorts of people who have every intention to exercise but they just never get around to it. A big reason is that workout gear for a home gym is expensive, cumbersome to store and can be confusing to use. And another reason why people skip out on exercising stems from the fact that they live busy lives: getting to the gym is never in the cards for those who work long hours and have families and a variety of commitments.

    However, an inventor in Portland, Oregon, has developed a unique device that will help lots of us get the ‘ball’ rolling on our exercise routine.

    Jim Rickards is the brainchild behind the Coreculum Ball, which is also dubbed the Core Ball. The device allows anyone to get fit and it is the first ever full-body exercise device and workout guide in one.

    That’s right, no expensive trainers or classes are needed anymore with this invention.

    “I've always wanted to help people live better, healthier, stronger lives,” says Rickards. “This was the main reason I became a physician and practice as a radiologist. My mission is to help people see how easy fitness can be and how healthy they can become.”

    The device, which is made out of a strong rubberized material and is checkered with infographics, is the perfect solution in getting procrastinators on a regular workout routine.

    So here is how it works. You grab the 12-inch ball with both hands (6, 8, or 10 lbs) and then you pick the type of exercise you want to perform for the next 30 minutes (this is the recommended length of time everyone should exercise on a daily basis).

    You can select from a variety of exercises on the ball.

    “The Core Ball has 16 infographics on it with the goal of strengthening and toning to create lean muscle mass,” says Rickards. “Each infographic relates to a particular body part: arms, legs, back and core.”

    The exercise plans can also be broken down into parts through thought the day: morning, afternoon and night. You can exercise for as long as you like (30 to 40 minutes), or even 15 minutes – it all depends on your schedule.

    Rickards adds,” A competitive athlete or beginner can pick it up for the first time and get a great workout without an expensive trainer, instructions classes or a smart phone in your hand.”

    This is a neat invention and it should help get more people exercising on a regular basis. Exercise helps us live longer and healthier lives.

    Question is will this invention spell the end for gyms and trainers? Of course not: It is safe to say that gyms and trainers won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Gyms and trainers will always be around. If anything the Core Ball might just be the first fundamental step in getting more people interested in exercising and their next step will be to hit the gym and hire a trainer.

    The one great thing about this device is that you can use it pretty much anywhere: your home, the office or the gym. And it’s small enough to store away when you are not using it.

    This device will get you fit, indeed. More importantly it should also get more people talking about the importance of exercise.

    Grab one. Get into shape. Work it.

    The story appeared in the August Issue of InventorSpot.
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