Maintaining good balance is key to a healthy, active lifestyle.
As we get older, our balance naturally decreases. Fortunately, balance is a skill that can be improved with the proper exercises and training equipment.
A balance trainer can help improve your stability, but not all balance trainers are created equal. Some focus only on balance, while others can also increase your mobility–and give you a good full-body workout along the way!
Read on to discover the top benefits of balance trainers, and explore the differences between them so you can decide which style is right for you.
Why Do I Need a Balance Trainer?
1) Prevent Injuries From Falls
Every year 3 million older adults are treated for falls in emergency rooms.
Balance trainers should help strengthen the connection between your brain and body by improving your “proprioception.” Proprioception refers to the neurological messaging that connects the actions of your body with the signals from your brain. It controls your ability to sense movement, action, and even your sense of place–when it is working as it should, it is responsive and provides the correct signals. When it is not in tip-top shape, falls occur.
Improving this sense will improve your balance, which will in turn help you be more confident, safe, and in tune with your body–and make you less likely to fall. If you do feel yourself slipping, having better balance can help keep you upright.
2) Strengthen Your Muscles and Joints
Balance trainers help strengthen your whole body by building up your muscles and joints. Stronger joints will prevent injuries to your ankles and knees.
Balance training also strengthens your small stabilizing muscles, making many of life’s everyday tasks easier.
3) Improve Posture and Alignment
In today’s world, we often spend hours at a time hunched over a screen, or slumped in a chair watching TV. This poor posture puts unhealthy pressure on the spine and shortens hip flexors, which alters the angle of the pelvis. This puts more stress on the lower back.
Balance trainers help combat this by encouraging you to stand up straight and engage your muscles with each use. Your core muscles are activated, which causes you to hold your head high and reverse the decline caused by poor posture.
Alignment issues, where you favor one side of your body over the other, are also fixed as balance trainers require you to utilize both sides of your body equally.
Which Balance Trainer is Right for Me?
As you can see by the chart below, there are many differences between some of the major balance training models out there on the market.
Balance Trainer Comparison Chart
Only 60uP® truly addresses all of the benefits of strength, core training, and balance completely. But let’s break it down a bit further.
Here are a few of the major balance trainer types and what you need to know about each.
1) Half-Ball Balance Trainers
Half-ball balance trainers consist of half a stability ball attached to a flat surface. These balance trainers are reversible, allowing users to practice their balance on either the ball side or the flat side.
Half-ball balance trainers work by causing instability and challenging your leg and core muscles to work harder and get stronger with each use. The positions they utilize to train your body are somewhat limited–so they won’t do much to increase your mobility along with your balance.
But there are other reasons these kinds of trainers are not for everyone. For example, they can be unsafe for older folks or those who don’t already have a solid foundation of balance. Why? Because they inflate up to 7-10 inches high, meaning you’re standing 7-10 inches off the ground when using them. That is simply not safe for all abilities. The angle of lean is excessive and can place extra stress on ankles and knees, as well as increasing fear rather than improving confidence. The risk of injury, if you can even get on it safely, is high.
These trainers have no built-in handrails or stability poles, so the possibility of falling is also increased. For this reason, they might not be ideal for beginners or those recovering from an injury.
2) Wobble Cushions
Wobble cushions are small, inflatable balance trainers that you can sit or stand on. They are particularly helpful for helping fidgety children be less fidgety in classroom settings.
Wobble cushions encourage users to engage their back and core muscles, which over time, improves balance. They can also enhance posture, as sitting on a wobble cushion prompts the user’s pelvis to shift backward, encouraging them to sit more upright.
Wobble cushions are generally inexpensive. They’re also convenient as they can be deflated and stored when not in use.
However, because they’re small and inexpensive, they don’t come with the critical training needed for balance that you’ll find with other balance trainers. Also, they don’t offer much in the way of increasing mobility or strength for performing day-to-day tasks. And for those suffering from back pain, they can be problematic.
3) Stability Balls
Stability balls are inflatable exercise balls that can help the right users build balance awareness.
Simply sitting on a stability ball will engage your core and help build up your mid-section balancing muscles. They can also be used for stretching out your back and increasing your range of motion when performing exercises like crunches.
Stability balls are great for core strength and promoting better sitting posture. But they do not address actual mobility and upright balance for actual movement. For the wrong user, they can also be dangerous, though. This is because they can roll out from under you and cause injuries. This makes them less suitable for those who are struggling with severe balance disorders or for those in recovery from an accident or surgery.
Another thing to note about stability balls is that they don’t offer much back support. Sitting on one for an extended period of time could cause aches and pains until you have built up more core strength, leg pressure to keep the ball centered, and the ability to adjust your position while on the ball.
4) Balance Boards
Balance boards tend to be solid, flat surfaces. These boards help improve your balance and coordination, strengthen leg muscles, and increase your motor skills.
But not all balance boards are built the same. Some, for example, are designed as a flat board that basically rolls back and forth over a central cylinder. These systems can be quite intense–and are primarily used by surfers, skateboarders, gymnasts, and other athletes. In other words, the users for these boards tend to be more adventurous and risk-taking,
Most people don’t need this level of balance to function in their day-to-day life. And because of the way they are designed, these boards have a rather high barrier to entry. Your balance has to be somewhat established to be able to use them safely. We have seen all too often examples of major injuries from falling off these boards.
How The 60uP Balance Board Is Different
The 60uP Balance Board is the only system that uses a holistic approach to solve balance issues by training both your brain 𝘢𝘯𝘥 body for increased balance and stability. With over 300 balance exercises that can be performed safely on the 60uP® Balance Board, we can, with fun repetition, recreate everyday movements to increase the brain reaction speed to changes of weight, direction, and height of stepping. The result? Dramatically improved balance and mobility.
And this balance system will help improve your mobility, strength, and balance whether you are a complete beginner–or a professional athlete simply looking to improve your game.
Still not convinced? 60uP® is endorsed by doctors and physical therapists, is FDA-registered, and is proven safe to use at home. It comes with access to hundreds of YouTube videos and live classes with professional instruction, so you won’t be left hanging for what to do when you want to try new balance exercises. 60uP® is like having your own personal trainer at home with you, guiding you through safe and simple steps that lead to real-life results.
And what’s even better, you can use the system when you want–no waiting for someone else to show up, no cost in having to drive to get the benefits of improving your health and getting the results you hope for so you can live life independently every day. You can even 60uP® while watching your favorite TV show, so there’s no time lost. And to add to the benefits, it’s fun.
Add Balance to Your Life
A balance trainer should help add some much-needed balance to your life and boost your brain-body connection for a better quality of living–safely.
Our 60uP® balance system is the perfect choice for anyone who needs extra stability when practicing their balance exercises–and for those wanting to improve not just their balance, but their day-to-day mobility.
Our system comes with everything you need to get started, so there’s no hassle of buying extra add-ons. Try it for free for 30 days. If you don’t see results in overall balance and mobility, return it for your money back.
Check out our complete training system store to start building up your balance and coordination today.