Get Upside Down: Inversions, Deep Flexibility and Strength Training with Paralettes
Inversion workouts are great because they allow you to work out your core muscles without having to do any heavy lifting or doing too much running around. They’re also good for those who have back problems due to their ability to improve posture and balance.
I’ve been working on my own version of these exercises since 2009 when I started getting into yoga.
The first time I did them was at a local gym where I had to stand all day long while other people were allowed to move around freely. Since then, I’ve done several variations of the same thing.
My favorite one is called “Parallettes.” You start off in a standing position and then you jump up onto two parallel bars so that your feet are just above the ground. Then you slowly lower yourself down until your knees touch the floor. This exercise works your abs, obliques, glutes and hamstrings.
Another variation is called “Deep Flexibility” which involves jumping from a chair to a bar and then lowering yourself down again. This one is great if you have back pain or tendons in your wrists or ankles because it helps strengthen those areas.
It also helps improve your balance, core strength and posture. You can find the exact step-by-step guide with pictures in this article from Greatist.
If these exercises sound a bit too easy for you, you can always add weight using a resistance band or even a dumbbell between your feet.
These are just two of the many inversion exercises you can do at home or in the park. For more, please check out the video included below.
If you have a door frame in your home or apartment, then you can easily do a lot of other exercises to strengthen your core and stretch out the rest of your body as well. Please check out the video below for some inspiration.
It’s also important to stretch out before and after any inversion exercise. This is because it helps reduce the risk of injury and also improves flexibility and recovery time.
For more guidance on which stretches to perform, please click on this tutorial.
Inversion therapy is available in a lot of different places these days such as physical therapist’s offices, chiropractors, health clubs and even local gyms. If you’ve got the money to spend and have access to one of these locations, then by all means go for it.
However, if you’re broke or just feeling particularly adventurous one day, then try out these at home exercises using only your body weight. Not only are they great for your physical well being, but they can also help keep your mind sharp and improve overall mental health as well.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a complete beginner, these types of exercises can make a huge difference in your life. So don’t wait around any longer.
Go try them out today and see for yourself.
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