Hangin’ It Up Feels Great
A multiple purpose tool worthy of taking up valuable space.
When I first took on the challenge to become fitter, we went to purchase home gym equipment. While my husband was completing the transaction, I saw an inversion table in the store. Having no idea what it was for, I asked a salesman to help me try it. Within 5 minutes, I yelled at my husband, “Wait! We have to have this too!”
I rarely make impulse purchasing decisions but this one I’ve never regretted.
There are multiple benefits to inversion:
- Relieve back pain
- Stretch more thoroughly
- Increase blood flow to your head and upper extremities
- Improve flexibility
- Improve core strength
- Relieve stress and fatigue
My tips for newbies to inversion:
- If you have any health issues, check with your doctor first.
- Use the strap to control the level of inversion and start way short of vertical. Over time move toward a more vertical position.
- Buddy up. This device can be dangerous if you get stuck upside down. Best to have supervision.
- Concentrate on breathing while inverted. Do not hold your breath.
- Wait to incorporate exercises until after you are comfortable with inversion for stretching and relaxing.
- Start by inverting only 15-30 second increments. Gradually increase amount of time.
- Putting your arms overhead gives you a deeper pull.
Housemates see you from a new perspective:).
Inversion provides a cheap “traction” that’s surprisingly refreshing and energizing. Gravity helps stretch every ligament and muscle more thoroughly than you can do on your own. It takes some getting used to but don’t get discouraged. Over time you get used to the blood rushing to your head. I can stay inverted now up to 8 minutes! Even a minute or two can provide much needed relief from workouts. The increase in blood flow reminds me of a “runner’s high.”
Maybe there’s more tips we can learn from monkeys:). They certainly appear to be more agile than humans.
Learn more about the benefits of inversion, history, contraindications and medical studies here.