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It’s not often that you can get fit while having fun at the same time. But that’s exactly what happens when you use the BeyondBarre GlideBoard.
The GlideBoard has a slippery plastic surface that allows you to slide back and forth from one end of the board to the other using movements much like those of an ice skater. There’s no need skates, though, because you do all your sliding on soft ballet slippers.
I have to admit, I feel like a kid again each time I push off one end of the GlideBoard and smoothly glide to the other side. It’s almost like floating.
All that said, some very healthy things can happen while you having fun “skating.”
Improved cardiovascular health. As you start gliding side-to-side, you’ll immediately feel your heart-rate and respiration-rate begin to rise. That can help lower blood-pressure, glucose levels, bad LDL cholesterol, and artery-clogging triglycerides. At the same time, you get a boost in the production of good HDL cholesterol.
A stronger body top to bottom. A workout on the GlideBoard gets many parts of your body moving. All the core muscles are put in play as you glide from one side to another. The legs, glutes, ankles, and feet work hard, too, as you push and glide from one side to the other. Arm movements, especially if you add weights, strengthen and sculpt the arms. Also, the GlideBoard is especially good at targeting the lateral side-to-side muscles. These muscles are often neglected in fitness routines because most cardio workouts – for example, walking, running, rowing, and skiing – involve forward movement.
Increased calorie burn. The GlideBoard skating action burns calories fast, which, when paired with a healthy diet makes it is easier to lose weight.
Improved balance. The side-to-side gliding that’s done on a GlideBoard improves proprioception. Yep, you heard that right… proprioception. That’s the sense that tells you where and how your body is positioned in space. Good proprioception is necessary for proper balance. Improved proprioception allows you to have better control over your body, which will help you move more efficiently and reduce the risk of falls.
Faster reflexes. The GlideBoard is also great for improving reaction time, particularly when you repeatedly start out slowly and then quicken the pace before slowing down. By varying gliding speed, your body must react to the constantly changing stimuli. That constant change boosts reaction time. If you really want to ramp up reaction time, add in a small ball and pass it back and fourth between your hands and around your body as you “skate”. Or, go one step further and bounce the ball off the floor or a wall and catch it as you move.
Have fun while you get fit
One exercise product: Three huge benefits
Stronger muscles, thinner body, healthier heart