Handstands are for girls!!!!!

I’m sure the majority of people will say this to you if you ever suggested getting them to do handstands. They probably picture themselves on the grass trying desperately to kick their feet up in the air and landing hard on the floor.

They just don’t know how much benefit doing this type of exercise can do for them. However I think the overriding factor is that the person is actually afraid of trying them out. They’re afraid of failure and how they’d look doing them.

Now don’t get me wrong they are hard. It requires a multitude of things to get correct form and technique. My 10 year old daughter is my best coach. She has being doing gymnastics for the last 1.5 years and won numerous medals at competitions- including international ones. Her training involves 15 hours of gymnastics a week. They say that children look up to their parents…. I look up to my daughter and what an athlete she is.

Now as I’ve stated handstands are very challenging; they actually engage every muscle in the body. Think about it, you’re upside down and you have to tense and adjust your body to get correct technique.

As a weight-bearing exercise, handstands help strengthen bones in your wrists, fingers, elbows, arms and shoulders, which might help prevent the brittle bones of osteoporosis in the future.

During a handstand, the muscles in your arms, shoulders and chest support your body weight, while core muscles in your back and abdomen provide stability. Engaging your leg muscles provides lift in the pose and takes pressure off your chest and core. In addition to creating support and lift within the pose, your muscles constantly adjust to maintain balance. Practice handstands regularly to build your strength until you can hold the pose for two to three minutes at a time. If you have low or high blood pressure, hold a handstand for 30 seconds or less. (source live strong)

This shouldn’t be an age thing either. I’m a 43 year old dad that loves all the gymnastics stuff. I even go to Freestyle Gymnastics where teenagers are tumbling and doing flips around me. Do I care? No they’re having fun and so do I!!

So yes girls do handstands and so should you!! Find a wall and get someone to help. Once you’ve tried some and you find it hard now just think how much stronger you will be when you’ve mastered them. Remember there are 10 year old girls that are fitter and stronger than some people ever will.



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