Ready for something that is really going to get the heart going. Certainly not for beginners.
5 Reasons You Should Do Handstands on a regular basis
Handstands are avery underrated movement, for one main reason: most people have a mind block and think they just can't do them.
But just because you didn't do gymnastics when you were small and aren't yet an advanced yoga practitioner doesn't mean you can't start doing handstands, give them ago
Aside from bringing out your inner child and just being plain fun to do, there are actually several ways handstands can benefit your health, especially if you do them on a regular basis.
1. They'll make your upper body super strong.
In order to stay upside down for any length of time, you'll need a massive amount of shoulder, arm, and upper back strength.
2. They'll increase your balance
If you've ever tried a handstand, you know that besides needing to be strong to do them, you'll also need to have substantial balancing skills as well in order to be able to hold yourself up.
3. They can boost your mood.
Not only will handstands make you strong and help improve your balancing abilities, handstands can also make you feel happier.
Another way handstands can help your mood is by reducing the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can not only de-stress you in the short-term but could also help relieve minor depression and anxiety.
4. They build core strength.
There's no need to spend hours focusing just on your abs — you can have fun doing handstands and build core strength as well.
Since staying upside down forces you to stabilize your muscles, you're constantly working your abs, as well as other key muscle groups such as your hip flexors, hamstrings, inner thigh muscles, obliques and lower back while in a handstand. Training handstands every day will get you a well balanced, super strong core.
5. They help with bone health, circulation and breathing.
Since handstands are technically a weight-bearing exercise, they can help strengthen your bones, making you less prone to osteoporosis. Handstands are also beneficial for your spine, and help aid bone health in your shoulders, arms and wrists.
Not only that, the upside-down nature of a handstand can increase circulation to your upper body, while relieving pressure on your feet and legs and stretching your diaphragm at the same time, which in turn can increase blood flow to your lungs.
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