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Speed skaters used to keep in shape during the summer by waxing an old barn door and sliding back and forth on it. That barn door has been replaced by the slide board, which can be used not only by skaters, but by anybody who wants to develop lateral strength, and get a good cardio workout while they are doing it. The slide board conditions muscles most exercises neglect, and strengthens areas around the joints. Put your board on a hard, flat surface, and clear the area of furniture, as this is a challenge to your balance at first.