Benefits of Practicing Handstands

Woman doing a handstand on the beach
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You may want to practice your handstands simply because it looks cool, and let’s be honest, it’s an impressive skill to master. Did you know that practicing handstands actually has a lot of benefits for your mind and body? Here are just some of the many benefits to convince you to incorporate handstands into your workout routines.

Strengthens Your Core

Being able to not only lift your legs into the air, but then hold them still and balanced takes some serious core strength. As you practice (even if it’s against a wall at first), your core strength and therefore, your balance, will improve!

Strengthens Your Upper Body

There are very few muscle groups (if any) that handstands don’t strengthen, but it sure does focus on the upper body. Your shoulders, arms, and upper back will all gain strength. If you are a beginner, it’s important to work these muscle groups so that you can actually hold a handstand for more than a few seconds.

Improves Mental State

If you’re ever in a bad mood, practicing your handstands for even a few seconds is sure to boost your mood. You might even finish with a smile on your face! The rush of blood flow to your brain will energize and calm you all at the same time.