What tools are available for balance exercises?

Many tools can be used to continue to challenge the balance such as: a soft mat, a balance beam, a half foam roll, an air-filled disk, a wobble board, or a BOSU ball. Your goal should be to challenge your balance to the point where you are still able to control your movements, but might be a little wobbly. Taking your body too far out of balance will increase your risk of injury.

Some of the more common balance tools for exercising include balance pads, BOSUs, wobble boards, mini trampolines & beams.  These balancing tools are great for doing ground based exercises like single leg standing, step ups, squats and athletic movements.

Foam rollers and stability balls are great for doing traditional core exercises like crunches and back extensions as well as working movements from lying and seated postures.

Some of the tools that you can use for balance training, include the following:  balance beam, half foam roll, airex pad, dyna disc or a balance board.  You can even use items that you have at home:  pillow, stairs or a book. 

The key to balance training is continuing to challenge yourself to improve your proprioception, which will help prevent injury during your daily activities.

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