If an anti-fatigue mat is too sedentary for you, you need a balance board for your sit and stand desk. These boards can give you more range of movement and will encourage you to stay more active.
Whether you’re a beginner or looking for a more challenging balance board, you can find the percent balance board from my recommendation.
Fitterfirst active office board ($99.95)
Fitterfirst active office board encourages you to move more, hence the term active. It can bring simple movements into your everyday work. What’s great about this balance board is that it’s highly adjustable and customizable. You can configure it to meet your needs.
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned standing desk user, so to speak, you can find the perfect configuration. It offers three levels of difficulty and 12 different positions. So you can gradually work on your balance without feeling too overwhelmed.
It’s a wooden board with foam pads. And these foam pads are fitted with velcro strips. To adjust the intensity, you just simply move the foam pads. This balance board is so versatile that you can also use it for yoga and any exercises to train your balance. For the most advanced setting, you can pull the two foam pads together. This will help strengthen your core and improve your balance.
It’s a time saver too. You can work on your balance while working on your deadline at the same time. And it has one of the most competitive prices for wooden balance boards in the market. And it doesn’t look shabby either. It looks quite stylish. And the flexibility of this board is a major plus.
- Blocks are easily configured
- Offers 12 different positions
- Velcro strips may wear off in time
Plane by Fluidstance ($ 189)
It’s a balance board and rocker trainer in one. If you’re having a hard time keeping composure on the balance board, this is a great place to start. It gives you better stability. But at the same time, it lets you feel how it’s like to stand on a wobble board.
So it can also be a training ground before you upgrade to the more challenging balance boards. It’s primarily made of recycled rubber tires and plastic. It’s also equipped with bumps on the 4 corners of the board. These serve as natural stopping points when the board is not in use. Also, it bears the patented rocker designs that limit heel to toe motion.
I’m also loving the more eco-friendly material. This balance board makes use of recycled rubber. So hooray for the trees if you’re going to buy this one.
This balance board is not intended to be worn with your dress shoes. Though the traction is quite good, best to leave your high heels on the floor and hop on with your socks or just go barefoot.
Overall, it’s perfect for “active” beginners since it’s less challenging than a wobble board. But it isn’t too stationary or limiting as well. So it just sits in between. It’s not too distracting nor is it too boring.
- Made from recycled materials
- Offers dynamic agile motion
- Hard to clean
Revolution Focus ($44.95)
If you are looking for a more challenging balance board for your standing desk, Revolution Focus fits the bill. It consists of a board and air-cushioned base that is adjustable. If you want it to be more challenging, you simply pump more air to make the air cushion base more inflated.
The top board has a durable grip top deck. So it keeps you afloat and prevents your shoes from sliding off the surface. It’s also versatile and can be used on almost any surface. It will not slip since the air cushion base has silent bumpers that will stick to any surface.
And if you want to level up the challenge, you can purchase this balance board in its PRO edition. It comes with an advanced roller base for the pros. It’s also pretty durable with a weight capacity of 450 lbs.
Overall if you’re looking to have a mini-workout while working, this is a great choice.
- Can be used on any surface
- Well built and high-quality materials
- High weight capacity
- Has anti-fatigue cushioning
- Great customer service
- Some find the roller of the Pro edition too soft
Gaiam Evolve balance board ($73.70)
This rocker balance board offers a very subtle motion fit for the newbies. The micromovements can still help relieve fatigue from prolonged standing while providing more stability for beginners.
The design of the board does not require real balancing compared to wobble boards. But it allows the body to slightly tilt to provide room for stretching.
The top board utilizes a honeycomb texture that provides stability. So your feet won’t skid off the board. While the bottom part is rubberized and safe to use on almost any surfaces. It won’t damage hard floors nor would it slide off from tiled surfaces.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for just micro-movements, this is the perfect balance board for you. It’s also ideal for beginners.
- Perfect for beginners
- Can be used on almost any surfaces
- Will not damage hardwood floors
- The top board provides perfect traction
- might be too boring for some
It’s a standing desk board. Oh, wait, it’s an exercise board.
These will be your first phrases once you set eyes on the Pono Board. It looks challenging enough to be an exercise board.
The Pono board consists of a wooden top board. And it has 4 air-filled ball bearings on every four corners. So from the looks of it, you can tell that this will strengthen your core in the long run. And of course, it’s for the pros, the athletes, or those who already have a head start when it comes to core strength.
What’s great with this balance board is that you alternatively use it with any exercise. So you’re getting a 2 in 1 product. But you need to have the patience when pumping air into the ball bearings. Some users aren’t that happy doing the extra chore.
Overall, if you want more challenge, this is the balance board for you. You can also use it for exercising and yoga. And the icing on the cake, it can be an eye candy too.
- Versatile and multipurpose
- Can stabilize the core and strengthen muscle
- Can be used with any exercise
- An eye candy
- Might not be for beginners
Uplift Desk E7 ($400)
The Uplift Desk E7 encourages a mild range of motion that’s enough to keep your leg muscle awake. This balance board encourages a slight tilt and subtle movements that aren’t too overwhelming.
This balance board is made of faux leather with a soft cushion. The movement of the board isn’t too distracting and it’s nicely balanced. It’s fit for those who don’t want too much movement yet can benefit from a subtle change in motion and position. It feels like a balance board and an anti-fatigue mat in one.
Moreover, it has a sleek and simple design. It’s quite small so it is compact and portable too. Though those with big feet might find this board too cramped up.
In a nutshell, it’s ideal for those who have fear of falling off a balance board. It’s not wobbly but it will give you a subtle tilt and change of motion.
- Has 360-degree rotation
- Non-distracting movement
- Easy to use
- Fit for beginners
- Feels nice and cushy
- The Board area is a bit small
Apart from relieving tension and fatigue from your legs and feet, these balance boards are also great training for your core. If you don’t have much time to squeeze in a workout, using a balance board is a great start.