December is the time of year where fitness gets pushed to the back burner. Let’s not make this the case this year. For the month of December you will be challenge to hold a handstand.
This is something that is quick and easy to do. If you’re at work, at home or even at the air port. Each day you will have to hold a handstand and as the days go on the longer the handstand holds! Goal is to go without breaking, but it is fine to break up the handstand hold.
How To: Handstand Hold
Some benefits of the Handstand:
Strengthening Your Upper Body
Not only does a handstand force you to engage your core, but of course it also forces you to use your upper body to stay upright, especially your arms and shoulders.
Handstand is known as a cooling posture, meaning that it helps you to draw your attention inwards. This posture is extremely helpful if you are having anxiety, stress, fear or otherwise worrisome thoughts.
Improves Blood Flow To The Eyes
When you flip over, you will be sending extra oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the head, and that means more will be getting to your eyes. This can help to prevent macular degeneration and other eye issues.
When you allow the effects of gravity to be reversed on your digestive organs, you will help to move stuck material, release trapped gases, as well as improve blood flow to the all important digestive organs — increasing nutrient absorption and delivery to your cells.
Decreases Fluid Build-Up In The Legs, Ankles, And Feet
Edema in the legs is no fun, and it can happen if you tend to spend long hours on your feet. Reversing the effects of gravity on your bodily fluids will help to flush out built up water in the legs, relieving the uncomfortable feeling of edema.
Develops Strength In The Core Muscles
Handstand is a major core workout. You will rely on your core strength to hold your legs up and keep your balance throughout the pose. Having a strong core makes you more durable and less prone to injury.