They say that the best way to learn a skill is to just do it. After all, experience is the best teacher one can have. Unfortunately, that’s not always an option. Some activities are just too difficult or dangerous to attempt without some practice or training, and sometimes certain conditions will keep you from doing what you want to do.
For example, take snowboarding. The best way to become a better snowboarder is to go to the top of a hill, get onto a board and slide down. It sounds easy, yet it’s not always a great idea. Snowboarding can be dangerous for those not ready for it, and sometimes the weather isn’t right for it. This makes improving one’s skill on a snowboard difficult, but there is an alternative. If you cannot actually go snowboarding, you can still improve your skills with a fitness balance board.
What is a Fitness Balance Board?
They are boards that are balanced on a fulcrum or a roller. The idea of course is to stand on the board and maintain your balance without falling. They were initially designed by and for skateboarders and surfers who wanted to practice their skills and improve their balance when they couldn’t actually engage in their favorite hobbies. It was also a good way for beginners to get used to standing on a board and develop their proprioception, or sense of balance. Even people who don’t participate in board sports use balance boards to help develop core strength and balance. The boards are perfectly safe when they are used correctly, far more than actual skateboards and surfboards.
Balance Boards and Snowboarding
Since snowboarding is essentially surfing down a snowy hill, it stands to reason that a balance board can improve your skills as a snowboarder. You can start by simply trying to stand on a balance board without losing your balance, and once you have that down you can practice heel turns and toe turns. To perform a heel turn on a balance board, shift your weight to the back of the board. When you start to feel yourself tilt backwards, straighten one leg while bending the knee on your opposite leg. Your board will move in the direction of your straight leg, but you will ultimately move the board in the direction you want to go with the heel of your back leg.
Performing a toe turn is much like a heel turn, with the only difference being that you place your weight on the balls of your feet instead of on your heels. You will move the board in the direction you want to go with the balls of your back foot.
Both heel turns and toe turns are part of the fundamentals of snowboarding, yet many snowboarders have felt that they could only practice them when they are actually on a snowboard. Owning a balance board can change that. Balance boards can be set up on any carpeted surface in your home as long as you have plenty of room to maneuver. You will most likely fall off a few times if you’re a beginner, so make sure you don’t fall and hit your head on a table or shelf. It’s also important to know that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to move a balance board; the slightest shift of your weight is all that is needed.
In many ways, balance boards are a godsend to snowboarders. Snowboarding is the kind of activity that can only be performed in certain places during certain times of the year, but owning a balance board will allow you to practice your skills and develop your sense of balance at any time.