Did you know that you may be suffering from prolonged sitting and not even realize it? It affects office workers who spend all day at a desk, self-confessed couch potatoes and students who sit for hours in class. Sitting too long can affect your posture, weaken muscles and compress the spine. It can cause pain, stiffness, tension or discomfort in your neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms and legs. Some doctors are even calling sitting the new cancer.
The solution to prolonged sitting syndrome is Balloonology – a simple system of exercises that uses balloons as resistance tools1. The techniques are safe and effective for physical fitness, body rehabilitation, core stability, pain management and balance. They help minimize some of the dangers of sitting too long by uprighting the entire spinal column and neck, and reinforcing and strengthening the core of the body.
No gym, equipment or supervision is required. All you need are balloons. It’s easy to learn and can be done from a lying, sitting or standing position. Anyone can benefit from Balloonology, no matter your age or ability.
Best of all, Balloonology exercises create a state of mindfulness since each movement requires total concentration – resulting in relaxation and reduced stress and anxiety*. You’ll immediately feel the difference.
Just read these testimonials from happy Balloonologists.
Try this Balloonology exercise for prolonged sitting. Go ahead and feel the difference.
See for yourself how much better you’ll feel after doing this exercise.
1. Sit in a chair and place a balloon between your knees and under each arm (three in total) with elbows bent at a 90-degree angle.
2. Gently squeeze the balloon between your knees. At the same time, squeeze the balloons under your arms towards the body.
3. Look straight ahead and gently push yourself forward, holding for 5 seconds.
4. Release, return to the starting position and repeat 10 times.
In health, there is freedom. Exercise is medicine.
“In health, there is freedom. Exercise is medicine.” That’s the mantra of Beverley D. Burdeyney, the creator of Balloonology and the first Balloonologist for body therapy. Toronto’s fitness dynamo and woman of action has been practising total body rehabilitation and functional movement for almost 60 years. “I credit my lifestyle program and Balloonology for still being active and staying healthy at 80 years old. I don’t believe in quick fixes, just a long-term common sense approach to achieving and maintaining good health. Prevention is the key word.”
When Beverley talks about her life and Balloonology, she bubbles over with enthusiasm. “My life has been a challenge, but life is a gift.” She was born with a variety of health conditions, including spina bifida, scoliosis and unbalanced hips, which resulted in one leg being one and a half inches shorter than the other. Three years ago, she was pushed down a staircase, causing agonizing pain and even more health issues. She was unable to get out of bed or walk. Medication and traditional orthopedic therapy didn’t help. Crisis forced her to think outside of the box. “I was at a birthday party, saw balloons and came up with the idea to use balloons as aids in exercising and physical therapy.” This led to Balloonology, a unique program to help her body heal itself and become functional again.
Endorsed by Dr. Howard Winston
Balloonology isn’t hot air. The program has been fully endorsed by Dr. Howard Winston, medical director of the Centre for Health and Sports Medicine. “What the balloon has the capacity to do is improve the strength of muscles and posture of the body without any kind of harm.” He explains that the longer you do a Balloonology exercise, the more the muscles stress and the fibres regenerate and build more muscle. “This is more of an isometric exercise, so you’re not going to see much motion, but certainly the muscles are working. And that’s what I like about it,” he says.
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*Warning: Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Do not use balloons if you are allergic to latex. Balloons can burst or deflate unexpectedly. Children under 8 years can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision is required. Keep uninflated balloons from children.
Discard broken balloons at once.
1Recommended balloons: REGULAR latex 12-inch balloons. Available individually or in packages of 10