INTRODUCTION TO BALANCE BOARDS

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Choosing the right balance board for your goals and skill level can be a confusing choice because there are so many different types. The two most important things to consider when buying a balance board are what are your goals and your level of risk you are willing to take using a balance board. Balance boards are great tools that you can use to help develop your balance and are a lot of fun to use. But different styles of balance boards are better suited for specific goals and types of uses. The first thing your need to do before you buy a balance board is to determine what your goals are and what you plan on using the board for.

Different ways you can use balance boards

  • Improve your overall  balance and fitness

  • Cardio workouts

  • Improve your performance in board sports

  • Physical therapy or rehabilitation

  • Improve in your performance in traditional sports

  • Using board with a stand up desk

  • Using board to make yoga more challenging.

What is your risk tolerance level?

After you have determined why you want to use a balance board you need to figure out what level of risk you are willing to take. Using a balance board can lead to injuries from taking a fall.

You have to determine for yourself if the risk is worth the reward. Luckily they make balance boards for people with all different skill levels in mind so you can start off with an easy board and work your way to more advanced boards. Keep in mind, you do not need a balance board to get started balance training there are many exercises you can do with your own body.

TYPES OF BALANCE BOARDS

Risk scale  rating is 1-10

1. Teeter or rocker Boards

Good for- Beginners, physical therapy rehabilitation, standing desks

Risk level-2

2. Wobble Board

Good for-Beginners, physical therapy rehabilitation, general fitness and workouts

Risk level-3

3.  Traditional Roller

Good for-general fitness, intermediate to advanced balance training, improving board sports or traditional sports performance.

Risk level-7-8 depending on model used

4. Roller with Rails (vew-do boards)

Good for- advanced balance training, improving board sports performance.

Risk level- 8-10

5. Parallel Roller

Good for- Intermediate to advanced balanced training, longboard surfers,  people into board sports

Risk level-6-7  boards generally sit lower to the ground and have stoppers on the bottom to make it less likely to shoot out from under you.

6- 360 Degrees of balance.

Good for-general fitness, intermediate to advanced balance training, improving board sports or traditional sports performance.

Risk level- 4-9 depending on what board you use

7. Spinner boards

Good for-Beginner to intermediate balance training, mobility and cardio workouts, board sports performance with less risk than other types of boards.

Risk level- 4-5

8. Stability platforms

Good for- Beginner to intermediate balance training, standing desk, general fitness,

Risk level-4-5

Balance board safety, tips and tricks

Find out some ways to help avoid taking hard falls while using your balance board and how to avoid damaging your property with with your balance board.

Some tips on balance board safety.

TEETER OR ROCKER BOARDS

Teeter or rocker boards are very safe to use because the do not use rollers.

These boards are not very challenging or fun to use because they only rock forwards and backwards but serve their purpose well for physical therapy, rehabilitation,balance training for the elderly and standing desks.

ROLLER WITH RAILS BOARD

The roller with rails is a balance board that has a track on the bottom of the board and a roller with a channel cut out in the middle of it rides on the track.

The track helps prevent the board from shooting out from under you.

One thing to keep in mind is that the shape and size of the roller will make the board behave with different characteristics.

Rollers with rails would be best for skateboarders, surfers, snowboarders looking to improve at their sport because they allow you to practice flipping tricks and allow you to work on your heel to toe balance.

These boards are riskier to use than traditional roller boards due to the nature of the roller and rail system.

These boards would also be good for people who mastered traditional roller boards and are looking for a more challenging  board. 

Vew-Do makes some of the best balance boards for people into board sports, but they also have some boards suitable for beginners, athletes, and general fitness use.

 In this guide, I will help you determine which one of their balance boards are best for you and show videos of their boards in action.