A balance board is a board that is a lever and either rocks from one side to the other (think North and South), East and West, or in a circular motion. It's used for recreational purposes, training, therapy, help in balance and coordination, core strength, brain development, or a wide variety of other purposes.
In sports, balance boards can help with core strength, focus, and stability. Skiers, snowboarders, dancers, ice-skaters, martial arts performers, skateboarders, and baseball players are just a few of the people who use balance boards to help them. Balance boards are great with yoga, too.
Besides sports-related activities, balance boards can help children, too. Balance boards are used in sensory integration, gross and fine motor development, brain development, core strength, balance, balance, and expand neural network connections.
Balance boards have been around for decades and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Now depending on the balance board type, a person (or other animal) would stand on the balance board. However, there are types that can be used for sitting and lying down as well. There are also aquatic balance boards. Some balance boards are extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by your great grandma, whereas others can be used by toddlers and the elderly.
When choosing a balance board, test them out and find one that fits your needs. If you can't test one out, I recommend a balance board on rockers, as it can be used almost anywhere and practically anyone can use it. In other words, you can share it with your family and friends.
If you choose a balance board with rockers, try it out on different surfaces for a variation of instability. For example, if you use it on the sand, the board will not rock as much, which will be easier for you and your friends. If you want a little more challenge, use the board on a hard surface such as hardwood floors or cement. This creates much more instability.
Here's a little guy testing out a rocker board. The board was on a hard cement surface, thus making the balance board very unstable. It was a teensy bit challenging for puppy.