Your legs should form a "V" shape in the air.
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A cartwheel is a gymnastics move that helps strengthen the muscles in the arms, shoulders, back, abdominals and waist. Besides improving strength, gymnastics-based exercises like cartwheels can also help reduce stress and increase flexibility and coordination. Because cartwheels require the body to bend and stretch, it can be difficult for nonflexible people. However, with proper stretching and practice, even nonflexible people can learn how to do a cartwheel. As always, check with your doctor before attempting any new sport, especially if you have a prior injury or health condition.1.
Stretch your muscles for at least five minutes before you attempt a cartwheel. Sit in a straddle position and reach in between your feet to stretch your hamstrings, ankles and wrists. Hold for 20 seconds. Gently pull back on your fingers for 15 seconds to stretch your wrists and then roll your shoulders and neck a few times. Repeat these stretches daily to help improve flexibility.2.
Face the right side of the room and spread your feet just slightly more than hip-width apart. If you are left-handed, face to the left and follow the instructions in the opposite direction. Point your right foot to the right and turn your left foot out slightly to help maintain balance. Extend your arms up overhead, your palms facing forward.3.
Bend at the waist and plant your right hand on the ground in front of you. As your arm goes down, lift your left leg straight up into the air.4.
Place your left hand on the floor next to your right and kick off the ground with your right foot. Kick hard so both of your legs come up from the ground. At this point, you will be balancing on your arms with your legs straddled in the air in a вЂњVвЂќ shape for about three seconds.5.
Land on your left foot, keeping your arms pointed up close to your head. Lower your right foot and stand up straight.
- Imagine there is a straight line on the ground when you do a cartwheel. Your feet and hands should start and finish on the line. Tighten all of the muscles in your body to help maintain proper form when doing a cartwheel.
- Never arch or round your back when doing cartwheels, which can lead to back pain and injury. In addition, arching your back prevents your feet from travelling high enough in the air and can cause you to veer off course.