Today, there are several types of balance boards, but their general function has remained the same over the decades: to create an unstable surface to challenge your balance. Some boards go side by side, others 360 degrees. Their purpose is to improve your balance while having fun.
What do balance boards do?
They recreate and even exaggerate the sensation your body feels when it tries to keep its center of mass on its base of support. You can choose what you want the balance board to help you with. Whether it’s improving your lateral balance, improving your center of gravity for your next trip to the beach, or adding an extra calorie burn to your life while watching TV.
What are they for?
Anyone can use a balance sheet to improve something. Although originally a toy, balance boards are now used worldwide for rehabilitation, injury prevention and training for elite athletes.
To recover from an injury, it’s usually a good idea to start by slowly and safely engaging the stabilizing muscles. Some balance boards have a small range of motion, others have more dynamic lateral movement. The ability to choose the level of movement you’re ready for is what makes balance boards like the Revolution FIT so valuable.
To prevent injury, the integration of a balance board is designed to work the muscles around your ankles, knees and even shoulders. Using one regularly is a great proactive approach to staying on the court, court, jiu-jitsu mats, etc.
How do they improve your balance?
Like other skills, your balance can improve greatly with practice! Your body’s ability to balance itself can be attributed to several different systems. It receives information from your eyes, receptors in your muscles and skin, and your vestibular system. The vestibular system is located in your inner ear; this is why you are able to feel gravity and rotational movements. It contains sacs and canals filled with fluid, and the movement of this fluid provides information to your brain as it moves. Conversely, if you get seasick, your vestibular system is to blame. It sends crazy information to your brain because of the constant rocking of the boat.
So how can you use a balance sheet to improve the information sent to your brain from your eyes, muscles, skin and inner ear? When you open a balance training instrument, it almost creates a virtual reality for your balance systems. Activating the neural pathways that send information from all these systems to your brain. Like anything else, these routes can become stronger and more effective with increased use.
In addition to increasing core strength, improving balance, injury prevention and rehabilitation, here are some other reasons people use balance boards.
The concentration required to stay balanced at a table has been shown to be directly related to concentration skills in the classroom. This is a common tool to help alleviate ADHD.
Better body control and more efficient movements help improve reaction time.
Strengthening your core and back muscles can help correct your posture.
Reduction of back pain:
Strengthening your abdominal muscles can help relieve lower back pain. Make work more fun with a standing desk. Set the mood and make sure you’re not sitting in a chair all day.
One of the best things about riding a board is that it’s so much fun! The first time you rely on it, it’s unique and empowering. Depending on the table, it sometimes takes a few tries to get used to the movement. Balancing while watching TV or playing video games may seem strange at first, but eventually it’s second nature. Children and adults love to see how long they can stay on the ground. And many a balancing act in the living room resulted in the ultimate reward: bragging rights.
Best Balance Boards:
- Best for standing desks: StrongTek Anti-Fatigue Board.
- Best base: BOSU Balance Trainer.
- Best for small spaces: EVERYMILE Swing Board.
- Best for core strength: Stealth Core Trainer.
- Best for Beginners: ProsourceFit Core Balance Disc Trainer.
- Best Advanced Option: Revolution 101 Board Trainer.
- Best for all levels: The Revolution FIT 3-in-1 Exercise Board Training System.
- Best All-In-One: 4TH-BEE Core Balance Board.
- Best for athletes: URBNFit Wooden Trainer URBNFit Wooden Trainer.