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Looking For A Good Stability Board

post #1 of 11
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Or something of the sort.  At work I'm getting a work station that rises and lowers so I can sit or stand as I desire.  Since I'm there so much, I might as make it productive for me too.  Being able to stand now and then is great.  I figure, I might as well work on my balance as well.  A short day for me is 9 hours.  Most are 10 or 11.  Some 12.  I'm in and out of my office constantly but I do have periods of 30- 60 minutes at my desk.  Once everyone else leaves for the day, I usually have and hour or two in my office on the computer.  Not necessarily for the entire time I'm in there but as I can, I would like to keep increasing my balance skills.  I would be working on a computer for the time at my desk.

 

I'm considering the below.  Any recommendations?

 

post #2 of 11

Bosu.  Look up all the stuff you can do on it.

post #3 of 11
I've got the round wood balance board with a small plastic dome underneath, but I don't enjoy it and no matter how much I use it I can't seem to get much better. And the tilt board is kind of boring and doesn't have that 360 degree thing that a round balance tool does.

But I'm loving my Bosu. Just standing still on it with my eyes closed and rolling my ankles a little takes a little work. There are a gazillion YouTube videos with creative routines. I particularly like this guy, though I haven't tried all of his exercises, but you'll find your favorites if you search around a little. Don't be deceived if the exercises look simple, because adding the ball to the most basic movements adds a challenge.
post #4 of 11

Can't imagine standing on a BOSU while trying to work at a computer desk.

 

I often balance on one foot while waiting around.  Sometimes I do full weight shifts like what is done in Tai Chi.  The idea is to avoid locking both knees while shifting weight from one foot to the other . . . slowly.

post #5 of 11

I like the BOSU, although I haven't tried to work on it.  I would dis-recommend the rola-bola, as that is the least forgiving item in your picture and the only one I would expect to hurt someone.

 

I do sit on a large fitness ball at work, rather than a chair.  It does a bit for balance and a bit for core stability.

post #6 of 11
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I've been sitting on a fitness ball at work since last September.  Moving it home since they're getting me the stand up set up; it comes with an ergonomic chair which I'm hoping to use as little as possible.  It is a nice chair and those that have them really like them.

 

I have a bosu ball and have been using one for years.  I never attempting standing on one for a long period of time and wondered if anyone else had done anything similar.

 

If you were to force me to decide, I'd take the bosu if only because I have experience with it.  I don't have to stand on it while at my desk and probably at first will only stand on it a little at a time and go from there.

 

Thanks,

Ken

post #7 of 11
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I thought I would check in as it has been just over a week using the bosu ball with the stand up desk.  I like it.  I can't stand on it all day but I have done if for what seemed like 30 minutes.  Sometime reading or writing emails or working spreadsheets.  Eating my lunch has proven challenging as has reaching for my coffee but I can do it.  I do flip it around now and again as each side has different effects; flat side up seems more therapeutic and relaxing while round side up is more of a work out.

 

It's also fun to watch the reaction of people that don't know I have it when they walk into my office and I'm almost a foot taller.  Caught the 6'3" engineer off guard when he had to look up to me :D.  There has been some jokes about setting up a video camera for when I fall.

 

I'm happy I have it.  I think of the four I originally posted about, any of the three on the left would have been fine.  The weedoo thing probably wouldn't work well.  For any of them, my desk is right there and I can always just put my hand down to regain balance, so it isn't always as challenging as it would be as when you are doing it as part of a work out.

 

Ken

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post
 

I thought I would check in as it has been just over a week using the bosu ball with the stand up desk.  I like it.  I can't stand on it all day but I have done if for what seemed like 30 minutes.  Sometime reading or writing emails or working spreadsheets.  Eating my lunch has proven challenging as has reaching for my coffee but I can do it.  I do flip it around now and again as each side has different effects; flat side up seems more therapeutic and relaxing while round side up is more of a work out.

 

It's also fun to watch the reaction of people that don't know I have it when they walk into my office and I'm almost a foot taller.  Caught the 6'3" engineer off guard when he had to look up to me :D.  There has been some jokes about setting up a video camera for when I fall.

 

I'm happy I have it.  I think of the four I originally posted about, any of the three on the left would have been fine.  The weedoo thing probably wouldn't work well.  For any of them, my desk is right there and I can always just put my hand down to regain balance, so it isn't always as challenging as it would be as when you are doing it as part of a work out.

 

Ken

 

Be careful with the eversion your feet may end up in from standing on the bosu. I'm actually not a fan of the bosu, primarily for that reason. I think standing on the flat side of it is okay, and using the flat side of it for pushups is a good option. But I would definitely not encourage someone to stand on the round side. That's just my opinion of course, but something to consider. Try standing on it as you do when it's your desk and take a look in the mirror. How do your feet and ankles look? I suspect they will look like they're in an unnatural position.

 

My personal opinion for desks is that the desk that easily converts from stand up to sit down is the way to go. Pair that with an anti-fatigue mat and a chair or stability ball and spend part of your day seated and part of your day standing. 

 

Elsbeth

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the heads up. I would say I'm on the flat side more than the round as I can get more done that way. I'll pay attention to it while on the round side.
post #10 of 11

The round side is fine if you are balancing on only one foot.  ;) 

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The round side is fine if you are balancing on only one foot.  ;) 

 

Great point. 

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