Balance boards can be a great way to improve coordination, tone your core muscles, and rehabilitate after childbirth or injury requiring physiotherapy. Depending on the type of board and your aims, exercises range from simply standing to incorporating lunges, squats and crunches. With such a wide range of uses, balance boards are suitable for beginners, seniors and experienced fitness enthusiasts alike.
This article will break down everything you need to know before purchasing. We've got information on classic wobble boards as well as wooden surfer-style roller and rocker boards, alongside a list of the 10 best boards available in the UK to purchase on Amazon and Decathlon. We've also included a video of some exercises to get you started.
The three balance board styles are roller, rocker and wobble boards. The style you choose will play a large role in how you use your board. It's important to choose one that will suit your skill level and desired range of motion.
Balance boards need to be strong enough to support your weight, but also comfortable and lightweight enough to manoeuvre easily. Because of this, they tend to be made of either wood or plastic. Choosing the right material for you will depend on what you want from your board.
If you're hoping for something durable, wood will be the best option. Wooden boards are also more eco-friendly and tend to last much longer. Plastic boards are usually cheaper and a little less dense, making them lighter and more springy under your feet.
Wind down from workouts with a foam roller.
If you choose to purchase a roller board, you'll need to check the rolling length. Because the rolling cylinder is unattached, the board will normally have inbuilt blocks to stop it from falling off the board.
For beginners, a shorter rolling length will allow more control. A range of around 65 to 70 cm tends to be ideal for intermediate use. On some boards, the blocks are even adjustable or removable so that the board can be adapted for more advanced users.
For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Balance Board Trainer
Core Trainer Wobble Board
Professional Wooden Balance Board
Wooden Balance Board
Mandala Original Balance Board
Wobble Balance Board
Hexagonal All-Round Balance Board
Wooden Rocker Board
Wobble Balance Board
Rolla Bolla Balance Board
Get the Most Out of Your Board With a Downloadable Workout App
A Low-Budget, Lightweight Board to Provide a More Intensive Workout
A Heavy-Duty Rocker Board That’s Perfect for Beginners
Try This Wooden Wobble Board if You’d Prefer Something More Durable
A Maple Wood Roller Board With a Striking Mandala Design
Use the Inbuilt Massage Nodules to Promote Healthy Circulation While Training
Soft Grip Foam Provides Cushioned Joint Support and Enhanced Stability
A Wide Beginner Board That’s Easy to Maintain
Get 360° Motion With a Lower Risk of Falls Thanks to the 6 Non-Skid Feet
The Traditional Style Rolla Bolla With a Hollow Rolling Cylinder
|Rolling Length||66 cm||-||-||-||65 cm||-||65 cm||-||-||-|
|Weight||3.9 kg||0.52 kg||2.2 kg||1.5 kg||2.5 kg||1.8 kg||2.5 kg||3.8 kg||1.88 kg||-|
|Dimensions||72.6 x 30.7 x 14.9 cm||40 x 40 x 8 cm||44.7 x 34.5 x 9.4 cm||42 x 42 x 7.5 cm||76.2 x 26 x 26 cm||41.5 x 41.5 x 10 cm||26 x 26 x 81 cm||50 x 50 cm||40 x 40 x 10 cm||-|
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Rolling Length||66 cm|
|Dimensions||72.6 x 30.7 x 14.9 cm|
|Dimensions||40 x 40 x 8 cm|
|Dimensions||44.7 x 34.5 x 9.4 cm|
|Dimensions||42 x 42 x 7.5 cm|
|Rolling Length||65 cm|
|Dimensions||76.2 x 26 x 26 cm|
|Dimensions||41.5 x 41.5 x 10 cm|
|Rolling Length||65 cm|
|Dimensions||26 x 26 x 81 cm|
|Dimensions||50 x 50 cm|
|Dimensions||40 x 40 x 10 cm|
Looking for advice on getting started with a balance board? This video from Swifty Scooters shares tips, tricks and safety techniques for first-time users.
Written and researched by Alicia Byrne
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