It’s hard to think of any rational reason why you would want to swim with sharks so what a wonderful surprise that if you are considering starting a new fitness program, you would find a fantastic idea by watching the captivating investment television series, Shark Tank.

Here is the premise.

Budding entrepreneurs get the chance to bring their dreams to fruition in this reality show from executive producer Mark Burnett.

They present their ideas to the sharks in the tank — five titans of industry who made their own dreams a reality and turned their ideas into lucrative empires.

The contestants try to convince any one of the sharks to invest money in their idea. When more than one of the sharks decide they want a piece of the action, a bidding war can erupt, driving up the price of the investment.

Talk about a reality check. And a nice fat check.

One of the products that the sharks decided to invest in with exceptional results is The Simply Fit Board. article, photo

Have you heard of it? If you are thinking of a fun fitness workout, this seems like a simple fit.

If you’ve ever watched the show, you know that the Sharks love to talk. A ton. And argue.

They would love for you to try The Simply Fit Board and we sense they believe in it so much that they are actually objective in their praise. “The Simply Fit Board is a balance board with a twist! This super easy-to-use exercise board improves balance while strengthening your core, back, ankles and legs. article, simplyfitboard photo

The board is made with a special lubricated plastic that allows you to easily twist side to side. The twisting motion is a fantastic low impact exercise that effectively works every muscle of your core at the same time. The board is small and lightweight and allows you to do your workout practically anywhere, even in front of the TV.

You can add small hand weights to exercise your arms while you twist. The Simply Fit Board also works great with lots of traditional exercises like pushups, planks, bridges, or mountain climbers. The unsteady surface of the Simply Fit Board forces you to work more muscle groups. The magic is the combination of strength and balancing exercises.

Simply Fit Board has developed a series of exercises that can target all your problem areas like your muffin top, booty, thighs and more. All these exercises are available for free on their website.

Only 10-15 minutes a day will produce surprising results in as little as 6 weeks. The Simply Fit Board is great for burning fat and building muscle with one easy piece of equipment. It makes exercising fun and simple for all ages, and is a great investment in your health.

They’re available in several colors including magenta, orange, lime green, blue, and red. The boards are 26” long and 11” wide. They weigh only 3 pounds but are made of an extremely durable load bearing plastic that can support up to 400 pounds.”

So they come in many colors and works for people of all sizes. article, simplyfitboard photo

No argument here.

That works for us.

Here in part is why. They have a special foundation story.

At the owners site they share, “The mother/daughter team, Linda Clark of Lamar, Colorado, and Gloria Hoffman, of Greeley, Colorado, are the inventors of the Simply Fit Board®, a balance board with a twist. article, photo

When Linda, the mother of 4 and grandmother of 6, hit her 60’s, she experienced what so many others have–the battle of the bulge! She called on her daughter, Gloria, to ask her advice on how to get rid of this extra weight.

Gloria, the mother of 2 little boys, understood the need for a product that targeted the dreaded belly fat. Gloria’s fitness background mixed with Linda’s need for a simple, fun and effective product, resulted in the Simply Fit Board®! In just two short years, the Simply Fit Board® is becoming a phenomenon, exploding across the nation.”

It truly is surging in popularity.

We all love QVC and if we had a product to sell, what better place could we dream of to sell it?

They love our fitness dream board too.

At they are always selling. “A balance board with a twist. The Simply Fit Board has a unique design that makes it easy to get in an efficient workout almost anywhere. Simply place the board on a smooth, firm surface and stand on the board to engage your core, legs, and back while doing basic twists, weight training, knocking out squats and planks, and more.”

Please remember to always consult your personal physician before beginning any diet or exercise program.

So The Simply Fit Board is worth a look.

If you are thinking of starting a fitness program for the first time, we have a visiting writing who believes in the number seven.

Seven great ideas. Please enjoy.

7 Quick Tips for Starting an Exercise Program article, photo

By Tyrone Holmes

Ready to start an exercise program? That’s great, but there are several steps you should take if you want your exercise regimen to be successful.

  1. Determine Your Readiness for Exercise. There are two elements you must consider before starting an exercise program. The first is your physical readiness. The only way to determine if you are physically ready for exercise is through a medical exam. Tell your doctor you want to begin a fitness program and you want to make sure you are healthy enough to start. The second consideration is your mental readiness. Specifically, you must consider how likely you are to stick with an exercise program once you begin. Research has identified several factors that are related to long-term success including past exercise experience, high self-confidence in regards to exercise, a positive view of exercise, an awareness of the positive health benefits of exercise, support from family and friends, and convenience. The more of these factors you have in your favor, the more likely you will have success in your fitness program.
  2. Focus on Increased Activity, Not a Formal Exercise Program. You do not have to engage in vigorous physical activity to increase your level of fitness and improve your overall health. In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine has emphasized that 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (e.g., walking, golfing) on most days is enough to realize important health benefits. While this will not prepare you to run a marathon or ride the Tour de France, you will reach a higher fitness level than a sedentary person. You will also feel better.
  3. Select an Exercise You Really Enjoy. Maintaining a long-term exercise program is highly correlated with enjoying that program. You will almost certainly quit if you do not enjoy your fitness regimen! Therefore, make sure you select activities you really like. Remember, you have a range of activities to choose from such as walking, cycling, running, weightlifting, rollerblading, dancing, golf, handball, tennis, racquetball, basketball and many more.
  4. Learn How to Perform the Exercise Safely. The single biggest reason exercise programs fail is injury. An injury can include significant damage to muscle tissue such as a sprain or the relatively minor muscle damage that manifests itself in soreness. Either situation can diminish your motivation to exercise. Therefore, whatever activity you choose, make sure you learn how to perform it safely and take it easy, especially in the beginning.
  5. Exercise with Others. Boredom is another common reason exercise programs fail. One way to overcome this problem is to exercise with friends. This provides several benefits including a sense of camaraderie, a positive social experience and the ability to push each other to higher levels of performance. Remember, for this to work you have to find an exercise all participants can enjoy, and you’ll need to accommodate varying degrees of fitness.
  6. Participate in Organized Fitness Events. A great way to motivate yourself is to take part in an organized fitness event. On any given weekend, there are literally thousands of fitness events, competitive and non-competitive, geared toward a variety of physical activities. These include swimming, climbing, cycling, hiking, running, walking, rollerblading and racquet sports. Choose an activity you really enjoy and take part with a friend.
  7. Prepare for Setbacks. No matter how successful you are with your fitness regimen, you will experience setbacks. There will be missed workouts, poor eating days and plateaus where you just can’t seem to improve. Don’t worry about it! Setbacks are inevitable, so recognize that they will happen and don’t get down on yourself. Just focus on getting back on schedule as soon as you can.

Visit Dr. Holmes’ website at for additional information and resources that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

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