Hoverboards have been present in pop culture since the 1980s when Back to the Future’s Marty McFly showed us just how much easier it is to keep your shoes clean when you can hover above the ground instead of walking on it.
But that’s all it was for a long time, until a few years ago when hoverboards came screaming back into the public consciousness because someone actually invented one.
It was 2013 when hoverboards first came onto the market, though who exactly invented them and when has been the topic of much debate. Their popularity exploded right away, with kids up and down the country begging their parents for a hoverboard for Christmas.
It is not surprising that hoverboards have been primarily popular with children since their introduction, but did you know that adults can get great exercise benefits from hoverboards too? Fun, convenient, and a good workout – a dream combination.
Let’s take a look at the health benefits of the humble hoverboard.
Riding burns calories
It may not look like a difficult form of exercise (you’re just standing on a moving board after all), but riding a hoverboard can burn a few hundred calories an hour if you do it right!
This is because balancing on a hoverboard engages several muscle groups – just staying upright can be very challenging – with S-shaped boards burning the most calories.
Of course, if you’re looking for an extreme calorie-burning form of exercise, a hoverboard probably isn’t the way to go, but it could be a good jumping-off point for an ongoing fitness journey. And did we mention that it’s really fun?
Encourages good posture
As mentioned above, simply standing upright on a hoverboard is a real challenge and requires good core strength.
It also encourages good posture, as maintaining a straight body position is key to balancing on the board. A few weeks and your hunched shoulders will be a thing of the past! Your core muscles and abdominal strength will increase too.
Forces you to focus
Riding a hoverboard requires intense focus and concentration – you’re trying to stay upright on a smallish surface traveling at up to ten miles per hour, and you need to prioritize not only your own safety but the safety of those around you.
If you crash, you may not be the only person to get injured.
The focus you build up while riding will transfer to other aspects of your life, too – you’ll be able to concentrate better at work, or while reading, or completing other tasks around the home.
Low impact, full-body workout
Riding a hoverboard is a low-impact workout that does not require a base of cardiovascular fitness. It’s also a low impact, so recovery is quick and easy. You will need a level of core strength to do well on the board, but this is something you can build up over time.
Start with short rides in safe places with soft landings and go from there!