Comment: I was sent a Fluidstance deck and all opinions are my own. May contain affiliate links
This tween of mine doesn’t sit still. Whether online with his distance learning classes or playing video games he is on his feet or even knees at all times. He does not have self-control issues, he is not overly active but as he puts it “I actually learn better and remember things if I can fidget…” He will spin in a chair, walk around and even stare at things and I assume he is not listening but when I ask him to please repeat what was just said to him he can repeat it exactly. He can listen and fidget! So I just let him be him! To embrace the mover in him I was sent the Grade Balance Board by FluidStance.
When listening to Teachers or adults speak he has to be seated so he spins in his chair, gets on his knees, fidgets with his hands and can recall everything that was taught to him. I am not that talented myself-lol. However, for playing video games which he does to stay connected with friends while we are still in a quarantine level, he hops jumps especially when he is in a battle or getting real excited and the entire downstairs can hear his thumping upstairs.
This child does not “SIT” and play video games, he “ACTIVELY” plays so I am not complaining. But, the floors can use a break (and his ankles too)! Now, he stands on The Grade balance board and that need to jump is transferred to the board for balance and strength. He was highly intrigued by this as fall track was cancelled and he uses fall sports to get back in shape for winter basketball. He feels like he is gaining strength standing on this board for lessons and playing games especially after a long spring and summer held up indoors.
I was highly impressed with the packaging. It came well wrapped in a branded canvas bag so he can take it with him in travel. Better than sitting sedentary, balance and standing is so beneficial in building strength while you work (or play) when you would otherwise stay still. Even if you have to sit, a FluidStance balance board under the desk gets your feet and legs engaged in small movement.
By having a FluidStance deck you can increase your energy expenditure by almost 20%. Why not burn calories while you work? Movement has a wonderful way of increasing happiness as a form of positive mental health. Stop sitting still!
There are 4 different balance board types and each have different color options –
- The Grade is for kids and available in fun colors. Holds up to 125lbs
- The Level is for balance and strength and holds up to 300lbs
- The Original – a hand-cast “skeleton” base, extreme sturdiness up to 350lbs
- The Plane Cloud – a smaller footprint and textured foam top for up to 250lbs
FluidStance balance boards are made sustainably and built in California. They use eco-conscious materials whenever possible. These are so well built and you will see and feel the quality right away. So far there is no wear on this board and my son is on it for a good part of everyday.