60 Up is a non-electric board that's been made to help people improve their balance by creating or recreating a strong connection between the brain and the entire body, including the legs, feet, and core. This exercise board has been designed with senior citizens aged 60 and up in mind, but it can be used by anybody, and athletes may find it especially useful. It comes with an instructional DVD that contains workouts for people who are at various levels when it comes to mastering balance.
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When you receive your 60 Up board, the board will be in one piece, but you'll need to add some extra pieces, such as the poles, the resistance bands, and the red ball. To find out exactly how to add these pieces, consult the included quick-start brochure and instructional DVD, or the official website. Test each piece to make sure it's been secured tightly in the proper place before you move on.
Next, once your board is set up, place it on a flat surface and hold onto one of the attached poles with each hand. Following that, you can step onto the board and rock back and forth to test out how it feels. If you've been struggling a lot with balance, or are otherwise fearful, you may want to try placing one foot on the board at a time, before finally stepping on with both.
When you feel like you're used to standing on your board with two feet, you can start up the included workout DVD. It's best to start with the most basic workouts and work up from there, even if you're experienced with physical activity. How fast you'll progress through the different workouts will depend on your unique fitness level, but you certainly shouldn't expect to finish them all in one day. You should exercise as long as you feel comfortable, regardless of whether you do so for only a few minutes or for more than an hour.
After you're done exercising for a while, take one foot off your exercise board at a time, while still hanging onto both poles. Then, let go of the poles and leave your board in place until the next use, or remove the poles so you can store it in a closet or under a piece of furniture. For help with removing the poles, consult your instructional material.
Often, as people age, some neural connections between their brain and body weaken, and this makes it harder for the body to respond quickly to a loss of balance. This can happen not only due to age, but also due to a lack of exercise for a long period of time, or a physical injury. When this occurs, falls are more likely to happen. The 60 Up board can help reawaken the connection between the body and the brain, though, by forcing the brain to focus on certain challenging movements as the entire body is exercised through those movements. Over time, as the brain-body connection is strengthened, a person's balance and reaction time should naturally improve, regardless of their age. Consequently, falls should become less of an issue.
Some exercise machines can only be used indoors, as they require electricity to operate, but this board can be used on flat surfaces outdoors, too. It's 100 percent manually powered by the user who's on it, so you'll never need electricity or batteries in order to use it properly. However, if you'd like to use the instructional DVD instead of doing the exercises from memory, you will need a digital device to play the DVD with.
The 60 Up board is fairly lightweight itself, coming in at a weight that's slightly shy of 15 pounds, but it'll actually support up to 300 pounds. Although the majority of adults don't weigh more than that, if you are a bit heavier, you can order special poles that will provide you with extra support. People taller than six feet, two inches and shorter than five feet, two inches will also be able to obtain specially created poles.
Various workouts that you'll do with your balance board, if you follow along with the instructional DVD, will involve the included resistance bands and the red ball at the front of the board. The resistance bands will help you strengthen your arms as you balance, while the red ball will massage certain pressure points within the feet and thereby speed up how reactive the feet are. If the feet can react more quickly, they'll be able to correct shifts in balance more quickly for you.
While you're standing on your balance board, you won't have to be concerned that it'll tip over and send you to the floor. As it rocks, it'll only do so at an angle of eight degrees, which isn't a steep enough angle to make it tip.
In some cases, improving your balance as a senior (or even as a younger person) can literally add a few years to your life. Even if that's not the case for you, you'll likely experience more years of physical activity due to using this board, because of the excellent shape it can keep a person in. You may be able to continue living independently for much longer than you otherwise would be able to, instead of moving in with family members or into a retirement home.
If you're aging or injured, you may find that one of the most difficult things to do is climb stairs, but your 60 Up will likely help you out with that type of movement. When you complete the workouts that your instructional DVD will provide, you'll be working the same muscles that people often use while climbing stairs. Once you're on the stairs again, your muscles will be fairly used to a similar challenge, so they won't find the exertion as fatiguing as usual.
In order to give your brain as much of a challenge as possible, it's best to keep your eyes forward at all times as you use your 60 Up board. The alternative is keeping your head down and staring at the board, but this won't challenge your brain as much, so progress may happen more slowly for you. If you go this route, you'll actually be making your eyes do most of the work.
When you're using this balance board, you must wear athletic shoes, or no footwear at all (bare feet). If you wear socks only, your feet may slip off, and you could injure yourself.
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