Handstands are a great exercise for all ages and not only are they fun, but they have many wonderful benefits for our bodies.
1. Handstands build strength. Handstands are a great exercise for the upper body, as you use all muscles in the arms and shoulders as you hold your body weight upside down. They are also good for the core which is constantly engaged to stabilise your body while inverted.
2. Handstands are good for your bones. As handstands are effectively a weight bearing exercise, handstands help build and improve bone strength. Research shows that weight training actually increases bone mineral density and can help prevent and treat conditions such as osteoporosis.
3. Handstands improve balance. Holding your body weight only on your hands is a great way to practice your balance and improve core strength. Core strength is essential to build a strong spine and reduce back pain. Balancing helps you practice body awareness and require you to have full control over your muscles.
3. Handstands improve your mood. As well as increasing your strength, handstands will also make you happier! The blood flow to your brain will help you feel calm when you are stressed, and energised when you are tired. Practising handstands regularly will also reduce levels of the hormone cortisol which is often responsible for stress, depression and anxiety.
How to get started:
If you don’t exercise regularly and have not done handstands in a while (or ever) it is definitely not too late to start. This simple progression will get you balancing on your hands in no time.
Start your handstand practice by placing your hands on the ground with your back to the wall. Slowly walk your legs up the wall as high as you are comfortable. As you get stronger you will be able to walk your feet higher and higher up the wall until your stomach is flat against the wall. Try to hold your handstand hold for 30 seconds.
Do your practice handstands regularly? Are you wanting to try handstands but too scared to start?