Balance boards and massage rollers
Whether you’re stretching, conditioning or rehabilitating from an injury, balance boards and massage rollers are a great way to beef up your existing routine. It’s true what they say about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure, so training to improve things like balance, muscle strength and motor function can be a huge help in the long run. Read on to learn about the benefits these handy pieces of equipment can bring.
Keep your balance
Doing regular exercises on a balance board can help you with things like strengthening your ankles and improving your overall balance. They’re great for if you plan on doing a little powder season skiing or snowboarding, or if you want to start trusting your feet a little more when you’re slab climbing. Set up next to a wall to keep stable for your first few sessions, and you’ll be losing those wobbles in no-time.
Roll it out
When you crush a strenuous hike or bouldering sesh, rolling out your muscles before and/or afterwards can help you stretch out and feel some much-needed relief. Incorporating a foam massage roller into your routine can improve your flexibility and lessen muscle soreness, which might help it feel like less of a slog the next time you drag yourself out to the gym. But don’t just take it from us — try it out.