Saturday, December 10, 2011
I had only heard of these neat things recently, when a friend of mine told me about them. They're called Baoding Balls and often referred to as Chinese meditation balls, Chinese exercise balls, etc. You don't throw them or bounce them though, you spin them around in your hand. I'll type out the description on the card they came with.
"The Chinese exercise balls are designed for the exercise of hands, which could improve hand dexterity and strength, as well as strengthen the nervous and circulatory systems. Directions: Rotate the pair of balls in the palm of the hand with the movement of the fingers, and gradually increase the size of the balls or the number of balls."
Refer to this video to see someone really good with them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyMXsvBwHKQ
Note: That takes a ton of practice. (and it's not me)
Anyway, you can get them with different designs on eBay for around 8-10 bucks if you're interested. If you get some though be careful not to drop them on a hard surface, the paint could chip off or the ball could get a dent. If you're completely broke, you can use billiard balls to do the same thing.