Inverting is the act of suspending your body to relieve the pressure of gravity on your joints. Opinions differ on the benefits, risks and effectiveness of using inversion equipment, but supporters of inversion therapy claim it can help relieve pain, increase circulation and elongate the spine. So if your back is tight or sore, you might benefit from trying. An inversion table allows you to invert your body at different angles, depending on your preferences and comfort level, so you can start at smaller inclines, such as 20 degrees, and work your way up to steeper inversions.
Keep in mind that an inversion table is more of a relaxation device than a piece of exercise equipment. It won't help you work up a sweat, burn calories or build muscles; for those goals you're better off lifting weights and using cardio machines like treadmills or incline trainers. Inverting is a great follow-up to these workouts, however. The act of gently turning upside-down can be a relaxing way to end an exercise session. You might also like inverting at night, to wind down before going to sleep, or anytime you're stressed, tired or anxious.
Once you make the decision to get an inversion table, take time to look around. They come in a variety of models to match your price point, body type and other needs. One of the first considerations when looking at inversion tables is the weight limit; make sure to get a table that can accommodate everyone who will be using the table. Remember to factor in any additional weight, such as whether you plan to use a medicine ball or other weight while inverted. Secondly, take a look at the number of fixed positions each model offers. A model with fewer positions might be less expensive, while a model with more positions will provide greater flexibility in finding the right incline for you.
One of the great things about inversion tables is the variety of accessories you can find to improve the experience. Some are compatible with lumbar bridges that help you achieve a deeper decompression, acupressure nodes that massage acupressure points and heat therapy cushions that warm and relax your muscles. You can also purchase straps that help to manage the rotation of your table, making it easier than ever to invert after a grueling workout on a recumbent cycle.
When purchasing your inversion equipment, take time to look around and think about the features that are most important to you. The right inversion table and accessories can make all the difference in the world. You can get started at Kmart, where we offer a variety of durable inversion equipment from brands such as Stamina, Ironman and Teeter Hang Ups.