5 Pieces of Home Fitness Equipment That May Do More Harm Than Good

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3. Balance boards can cause ankle injuries.

This simple equipment is used to improve people’s balance and, more commonly, for rehabilitation and injury prevention. However, based on the level of your ankles’ strength, they can cause injuries. If, for instance, you’ve injured your ankles in the past, your chances of falling from the board are quite high. So you’d better ask for a professional trainer or a physical therapist’s help before jumping onto your board.

A very similar and safer tool that can increase your balance is a fitness ball. The “bird dog” exercise in particular targets your hips, legs, lower back, and waist the same way a balance board does. What you need to do is lie with your belly on the ball and keep your core straight. Then you can lift the opposite leg and arm, trying not to move.

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