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Sondra E. Z. Hines, AILT, is an adjunct professor of health & wellness and is certified to teach group fitness exercise and Zumba. Wednesday Wellness - Fitness News You Can Use is published weekly. Email: sondraezhines@yahoo.com.

Lately I’ve been tinkering with a new fitness toy called the Glide disc, in part because I’m curious but also because I wanted to test whether it could live up to its manufacturer’s promise.

The discs are made from a colorful polymer and look like a Frisbee. When placed under the feet, they allow for easy movement while doing certain aerobic exercises.

The manufacture says the discs, when used properly, will help users glide into their jeans more easily in just 10 days. I used them as part of my aerobics classes.

In this photo, Sondra E.Z. Hines is shown using a Glide disc in the lateral lunge.

Gliding works the body's core and incorporates cardio, body sculpting, balance and flexibility. The disc are easy to use and offer some of the same body-toning benefits as aerobics or free weights.

I am usually sore when I finish, and my legs, abs, arms and shoulders are always pushed to the limit.

As we inch toward a season where waistlines fluctuate, gliding can help you stay on your fitness journey, right in the privacy of your home.

Here are a couple of videos that show how to use the discs:



If you are considering them, remember these tips and toning exercises:

Proceed with caution – Like anything new, take time to become acquainted with the equipment. Read the instructions. For example, if you plan to use them on carpets, don’t order discs designed for floors, and vice-versa.

Stay the course – Flat abs, flexibility, balance, etc., are achieved over time. Don’t expect to see immediate results.

Be creative – I place the discs under each foot when doing Mountain Climbers, a challenging exercise that works the abs, legs, glutes and shoulders. (Bend down; lean slightly forward with hands on floor. Bend one leg toward your chest and extend the other leg straight behind. With the discs under the toes of each foot, alternate bringing each knee toward your chest in a running motion. In short, you are running on the floor, using the discs to increase momentum. Be sure to keep your weight evenly shifted to avoid sore wrists, and don’t lock your arms.)

Ab Rolls – Bend on knees and slowly lean forward with a disc in each hand, about shoulder-width apart. Hold in your abs and extend your body forward, straightening out your upper body and using the discs to maintain balance. Then slowly slide back to the starting position. Aim to keep your body level during the exercise to maintain good alignment.

Lunges – Place a disc under one foot and alternate lunging forward and backward. Use a disc (one at a time) for lateral lunges to both sides. The added resistance helps strengthen legs and tighten glute muscles.

These are a few ways I’ve used Gliding discs in my class as part of a body-sculpting segment.

The discs are sold in pairs and cost about $20. To order, visit http://www.glidingdiscs.com/default.php.

As for the claim that I would glide more easily into my jeans in just 10 days? My jeans fit perfectly even before I got the discs. Still, I give the product a thumbs-up for helping to ‘glide’ my workout up a notch.

THIS WEEK’S FIT TIP: Help kids to snack healthy. Keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked with low-fat snacks, (nuts, raisins, carrots, etc.) and place fresh fruit in the open where kids can see and reach it. Include your children in shopping, allowing them to select healthy snacks. These tips are provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Until, next time, I wish you good health and nutritional wellness.
Editors Note: For more health and fitness-related stories, visit www.qcitymetro.com/Health.

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