Upside Down…You Turn Me Inside Out…


Hey! Welcome to 52 weeks until I’m 50 years old! Actually it’s now 15 weeks until I’m 50! If you are new to my blog, to the right are other subjects I’ve written about. Some may resonate with you or at least give you a chuckle. If you are counting down with me…holy crap! I’m in the last quarter of the year! I’m so glad you are still with me!

“I said, upside down, you’re turnin’ me, inside out, round and round you’re turnin’ me.” Ever hear that song by Diana Ross? I started singing that in my head the other day after reading an article in Women’s Health. Or maybe Men’s Health. I read them both just in case. I don’t want to miss anything just because I am the female gender! Maybe the Men’s Health has secrets for things I should know? The article was “Turn Your Workout Upside Down.” Great! Just when I thought I had figured it all out and Tony Horton training DVDs have beaten the crap out of me, I have to stand on my head? Really…what else could the “they’s” come up with to inspire people like me? I wonder if anyone else tries the crazy stuff I do sometimes. So, do you?

Think 40 years ago Randi. Remember when you could do handstands and headstands with no problem? Did I actually just write 40 years ago? These inverted positions have been credited with banishing back pain and improving how well you breathe! Well hell yeh! If you are standing on your head, you have to figure out how to breathe at almost 50! I remember gravity boots. Hmmm. Richard Gere sported them in American Gigolo. You probably don’t remember because why would you? Who was looking at his boots? And if all this sounds like a head rush… it is! I decided to give it a go and put my mat down, “place the crown of my head on the floor,” legs straight and heels touching the wall. You thought I would try this without the wall first? I decided that my head wasn’t made to be on the floor, but it may have been made to wear a “crown!” LOL! Have to say…my back felt great for a moment. But most of all, the world looks pretty interesting upside down. My kids laughed at me and told me I was the weirdest creature alive. Mission accomplished! I continually live up to that description and proud of it. Normal isn’t something I want to have as an adjective describing me.

There are five perks of going upside down. Healthy heart (reversing issues like an abnormal heartbeat), strengthening your diaphragm because you have to control breathing, ease back pain as upside down takes pressure off the disks, zeros in on your core/abs and research shows that inversions can decrease your body’s fight-or-flight response which can beat stress. If I could just find a way to make the floor softer it might be worth it!

Not willing to stand on your head? I do dig the other option for toning abs…the hula hoop. And now I can’t get the tune…”You spin my head right round, right round when you go down, when you go down…” “Just Do It!” Whatever the “it” is and have fun. Live fearlessly and let me know if you tried something that I “Just Have To Do!”

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