Hoverboards have been all the rage for several years now, with even celebrities like Justin Bieber and Wiz Khalifa pictured on these modern personal transport devices. A cross between a Segway and a skateboard, hoverboards provide children and adults alike with a fun and adventurous experience. But, quite surprisingly, hoverboards can also provide you with a number of unexpected health benefits.
Boosts Heart Rate and Burns Calories
Riding a hoverboard isn’t just fun — it also also counts as a form of exercise! Although your legs aren’t moving the same way they do during conventional types of exercise like walking or running, they’re still working continually to keep you in control of the hoverboard. Riding a hoverboard requires you to maintain balance and make small movements in order to slow down, speed up, turn corners and turn around. Your leg and core muscles are constantly engaged, which boosts your heart rate and makes hoverboarding an effective form of cardio. The best part is this workout won’t leave you feeling physically exhausted afterwards.
Sharpens Focus and Reflexes
Your concentration and reflexes are also tested and strengthened while riding a hoverboard. Hands-free and self-balancing riding is a challenge your body probably isn’t used to. It’s therefore forced to engage and work harder to keep you upright, safe and stable. Over time, your balance and focus will improve. The faster your hoverboard goes, the more your body and brain will be challenged. A typical hoverboard has an average speed of 8 miles per hour. However, all-terrain hoverboards are generally faster than smooth-surface models. The larger tires and stronger motors mean they’re able to go faster for longer and give you a better workout.
Improves Posture and Prevents Back Pain
Riding a hoverboard is a great alternative to other forms of exercise which commonly cause poor posture and back pain. In fact, 10% of runners and 50% of cyclists experience lower back pain due to hunching their backs — it’s an issue which even affects children. In contrast, riding a hoverboard requires you to stand up tall (without hunching over) and engage your abs. Your back is saved from any unnecessary strain or stress, and your posture is therefore improved.
Hoverboarding is a unique form of exercise, which provides you with several impressive health benefits. The next time you want an effective workout that challenges your reflexes and focus as well as improving your posture, try hoverboarding, and you won’t be disappointed.