Well go figure. Apparently I have been doing something good for my body and brain for the last 40 years and I didn’t even know it!! I guess you could say it started in my 20’s and I just sort of kept it up. I do it at home and always when I’m travelling. You name it. Anywhere I find the space, I simply just do it. Like how it feels. Love how it gives me a different perspective on things.
I’ve done it in SO many hotel rooms your head would spin. I’ve done it in public, in private, under bright lights, in pitch dark, against fences, bathroom doors in shopping malls and smack on the beach in broad daylight. What am I talking about?? You guessed it: handstands.
Now, science says that what I have been doing several times a day for all these years has 5 beneficial results:
- Builds core strength.
- Makes the upper body strong.
- Increases balance
- Helps with bone health, circulation & breathing
- BOOSTS YOUR MOOD!!
Here’s the crazy thing: anyone can do them. It just takes a little practice, a little confidence and a nice strong wall to fly up against. Place your hands about a shoulder’s width apart; aim them about 12 inches from a nice, sturdy wall…and GO FOR IT. The worst that could happen is you chicken out half way up and come back down.
One word of caution: in the thousands and thousands of handstands I have done over the years, only once did I have a disastrous result. As I recall, I was staying in a rundown Motel 6 and there was no room to do one. So, I closed the bathroom door and did a handstand against it. Well, the door didn’t latch tightly. So as my feet landed on it, I had the lovely sensation of going all the way over and both feet landed smack in the toilet. Thank God I was only 20 at the time.
Give it a try….it just might change your mood AND perspective on things. 🙂
P. S. Yes, this was me this afternoon at the YMCA.