Hold a handstand for 60 seconds

June 29, 2006

I've never been very good at handstands... when I get lucky I can hold them for three seconds before falling over. I haven't even tried one for a few years. But tonight just for the fun of it I decided to try one, and out of nowhere I felt like I could actually balance myself! After about four tries I got decently balanced and even walked a few feet. Nice! I think the difference is that, before I started, I made an interesting connection...

For the last month my back has been bothering me. At work, I've been having a harder and harder time keeping good posture. I start out fine in the morning, but as the day wears on I start to slouch. Then I put my right leg up. And by the end of the day my back is yelling at me. In trying to work on my posture, I've been trying to figure out whether it's any use being conscious of keeping a bit of tension on your abs as you sit. (Like slightly sucking in) When I do this, it feels like my trunk becomes more stable, and that perhaps there is less stress on my lower back.

As I've played with this, I've become more and more aware of my ab muscles. You know how sometimes you try a new workout and you discover muscles you never knew you had? Along those same lines. Anyway, this sensation of "tightening your core" came to mind as I was going to try a handstand. I figured that tightening my trunk as I moved onto my hands might make me feel more control of my body. And low and behold, it seems like it worked! I'll have to work on it and see if I can improve... but first I need to get in better shape and strengthen my arms/wrists, because I can feel that my wrists aren't strong enough to avoid injury yet.