How do I Choose the Best Rocker Balance Board?

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  • Written By: Micki Elizabeth
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  • Last Modified Date: 10 November 2017
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When choosing the best rocker balance board, one must take into account several features. The product is available with different types of bases, which produce different types of movements. Sizes, safety features and accessories also differ from board to board.

A rocker balance board, often called by a variety of different names such as a wobble board, can be a fun way to increase core strength and coordination. Most balance boards consist mainly of a flat surface atop some type of moving, unstable base that requires an individual to constantly correct his balance. The base that the board rests atop will have a great influence on how the board moves and how an individual must use the equipment. Some boards only move side-to-side or front to back, while others tilt in any direction along a full 360-degree circle. Beginners may wish to start on a board with limited movement, while more advanced individuals may require the added challenge of the fuller range of motion.

Similar pieces of equipment that still fall under the category of a rocker balance board resemble a skateboard atop a rolling base. While this kind of board can only move from side to side, it may do so in a more challenging way than a round board will. This movement may even provide a more intense cardiovascular workout than a small round board and might be more suited for advanced individuals looking to add cardio to their core-strengthening routine. Surfers and skateboarders may also prefer the similarity of this type of board to their sport.

The size of the board can vary, both in the height off the floor and the size of the flat surface. Children, beginners, and those using the board for physical therapy may be safer choosing a board with ample room on which to stand. Likewise, those who are more prone to falling off of the board should consider a shorter model.

Advanced users of the rocker balance board can continue to make workouts challenging by switching to a board with less surface on which to balance. These individuals can also look into boards with smaller bases. Typically, the smaller the base, the more difficult it is to balance on top of that base.

Each board has different safety features to consider. Most users will benefit from a textured surface. This feature can prevent feet from slipping during exercise. One may also want to check the base to ensure it is sturdy and connected securely to the board. A safe base should also be covered in some type of material that will keep the equipment in place on the floor while the user moves on top of it.

Some boards come with added features. For instance, some surfaces include games that require the user to move a ball around a maze. Balance boards, which are often used to help special needs children increase coordination and sensory development, usually come in a variety of attractive colors and styles. One must choose the best features for him, based on personal preference.

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