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CFSR 2.19.18

Handstands: Why You Should Do Them Everyday

Who doesn’t love handstands or walking on your hands?

It looks cool, requires strength and balance but most importantly, it’s just great fun!

Below are awesome reasons why you should do handstands everyday:

Reason #1: Stronger Upper Body

To build up strength, start by holding a handstand against a wall for three sets of 5-10 seconds. Work up to holding them for a minute or two at a time. Practice often, and watch as your upper body strength improves.  Remember, it isn’t uncommon for beginners to start shaking after just a few seconds of doing a handstand so don’t feel discouraged if this happens to you.

Reason #2: Improve Your Balance

Practicing freestanding handstands or doing handstands against a wall and trying to take your feet off the wall for as long as possible will help increase your balancing abilities.  Handstands require balancing skills in order to hold yourself up. 

Reason #3: Boost Your Mood

Since the blood flow to your brain has an energizing and calming effect, especially when you’re feeling really stressed out, doing a handstand can make you happier.   Doing a handstand can help your mood by reducing the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can de-stress you in the short-term but can also help relieve minor depression and anxiety.

Reason #4: Builds Core Strength

The cool part about doing handstands is that you can have fun building core strength.  Being upside down forces you to stabilize your muscles, work your abs, as well as other muscle groups like your hip flexors, hamstrings, inner thigh muscles, obliques and lower back while in a handstand form. 

Reason #5: Improve Bone Health, Circulation and Breathing

Handstands are weight bearing therefore it can help strengthen your bones, making you less prone to osteoporosis.  It can also be beneficial for your spine, and help aid bone health in your shoulders, arms and wrists.  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 can increase blood flow to your lungs.

Start building handstands into your daily routine today, even if it’s just a few a day and reap the great benefits long term!

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