If you’ve just moved to your standing desk, you know that it can be a challenge to feel comfortable while working at it.
Your body needs to get used to standing up for longer periods. But once you’re done with the adaptation period, you can start reaping the health and mood benefits of standing.
The next step for most standing desk users is to add a balance board to their standing desk setup.
Balance boards allow you to add extra movement that feels effortless. The FluidStance balance board is designed to help you add a 360-degree range of movement without making it a workout.
But what happens if you DO want a workout?
We’ve got you covered.
Here’s our complete guide of balance board-assisted workouts that you can do on your standing desk.
These workouts are not meant to be 1-hour sweat sessions that will leave you gasping for air and completely drained.
They’re designed to be done whenever you have a minute or two to spare. Once you’re done with them you’ll feel re-energized, more nimble if you’ve been feeling stiff, and get a healthy mood boost.
Single Leg Balance
Single-leg balance is an essential aspect of overall health and well-being because it plays a crucial role in several aspects of physical function and daily activities.
Research shows that as we age, one of the first physical traits that we lose is single-leg balance. Since if you don’t use it, you lose it, it’s important to make practicing single-leg balance a part of our day-to-day routine.
The Hamstring Bridge
This is a great bridge variation you can do with your FluidStance balance board. Compared to a standard bridge, the balance board version helps you get more muscular activation.
Having engaged hamstrings and glutes is a great way to avoid back pain and feel more stable overall.
The Balance Board Squat
Having the ability to squat is essential for our well-being since it’s a range of motion that we use just about every day.
When you squat on a balance board, you get the additional benefit of activating your core and stabilizer muscles. It definitely adds to the challenge of a traditional bodyweight squat.
The Balance Board Plank
Planks are a great exercise to help improve the endurance of your core. What does that mean? You’ll get less tired doing everything that involves your core muscles. Which is just about every movement pattern, since your core muscles are always activated to different degrees.
Similar to the balance board squat, the balance board plank helps you increase the activation of your core muscles so you can get a better workout in the same amount of time.
The Hip Hinge
Hip hinging is one of the major movement patterns in the body. It’s mainly driven by our glutes and surrounding hip stabilizer muscles.
Since it’s such a critical movement pattern, training it and getting stronger with it is a great way to improve how we feel. As an additional benefit, since it fires the largest muscle group in the body (the glutes), you get a slightly higher calorie burn.
Move More and Feel Better
Adding more movement into your day is the best way to improve your productivity, mood, and get an extra calorie burn.
The workouts in this article are not only designed to help improve your fitness but they’re also designed to help you feel better. The best part is that they only take a minute to complete.
If you’re used to working out, it might feel like you hardly did anything at all. That’s OK. Not every workout is supposed to be intense.
The benefit of these workouts comes from doing them often and, over time, their impact compounds.