Many inversion beginners wonder how long they should invert. The answer varies depending on individual factors. It’s advisable to start slowly and avoid overexertion to prevent muscle or nerve strain in the back. Minimal angles pose little risk, and as you progress, you’ll achieve a stronger degree of traction. When your head is over a foot below your feet, you’ll feel traction. At an angle of 45 degrees, the degree of traction surpasses what you’d feel in a hospital. The inversion angle also affects how long you can stay in that position comfortably. Typically, most people invert for about 10 to 20 minutes, once or twice daily. There’s no strict time limit, but it’s vital to listen to your body and avoid overdoing it. If you feel uncomfortable, gradually return to an upright position, rest in the horizontal position, and come up slowly.
New invertees may experience discomfort if they push themselves too hard too soon. Although the human body is wonderfully designed to be upside down, most people haven’t hung upside down since childhood. As a beginner, ease into inversion gradually, increasing the angle of incline only when you feel comfortable doing so. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy the benefits of inversion without harming yourself.