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We’ve all seen elderly people clap their hands with full force in parks. Of course, it does seem a little weird, but you will be surprised to know that clapping your hands has some major health benefits.
To be honest, the benefits of clapping your hands are not just restricted to physical health benefits, but also enhance your mental well-being. Maybe that’s why the elderly can’t stop clapping their hands!
The activity of clapping your hands can be done early in the morning to receive a number of benefits. It is a powerful mental and physical stimulant, as it activates your energy chakras, and improves blood circulation in the body. Moreover, it acts as a positive affirmation and also engages your body.
Let’s look at the multiple benefits of clapping your hands as a form of exercise for the mind and the body.
One of the reasons behind it is that when you clap the acupressure points on your palms, the rejuvenation of your mind and body happens.
1. It activates your energy chakras
The human body contains several energy points or centers, and clapping can help stimulate them.
“If you spend 10 to 15 minutes clapping your hands, you will be able to feel the energy passing through the seven chakras. This will activate these centers,” shares yoga expert, Grand Master Akshar with HealthShots.
2. Clapping can help in mental and physical stimulation
It is important for the mind and body to be strong, and clapping can be a very useful and effective way to strengthen the mind and the body. When you stimulate the physical and mental aspects through the activity of clapping early in the morning, it keeps you in a positive and upbeat mood throughout the day.
“This is an easy activity that can be done by anybody regardless of age and fitness level. Therefore, it is recommended to practice clapping your hands as part of your exercise routine,” says Grand Master Akshar.
Psychological and Behavioral Science International Journal also ratifies the mental health benefits of clapping. It suggests that ailments like stomach issues, neck, and lower pain, kidney, and lungs problems, etc. can also be relieved with the help of clapping.
3. It improves blood circulation
You can practice clapping your hands in seated positions such as vajrasana or sukhasana. It is advisable to perform this activity early in the morning; it can also be done by those who are overweight or suffering from chronic conditions, as they may not be able to involve themselves in any other form of physical exercise. So by clapping their hands, they can improve the blood circulation and thus be able to manage issues such as hypertension or hypotension.
4. It brings in positivity
“Across many cultures, clapping of the hands is considered to be a symbol and gesture for celebration, acknowledgment, praise, encouragement, and recognition. Even during the time of worship, there are certain people who practice singing hymns to the lord, and this is accompanied by clapping of the hands, which indicates a positive environment uplifting one’s energies and vibrations. Whether it comes to playing a sport or watching a performance, clapping is used to denote positive response,” explains Grand Master Akshar.
5. It engages your entire body
If you notice the act of clapping, it doesn’t just involve the hands. The entire body’s energy is expended during the process of clapping and it automatically improves the mood and elevates one’s energy.
Of course, this kind of clapping needs to be done like you are doing an exercise. That’s why you need to follow the steps to receive benefits.
Step 1: Sit straight. You can sit normally or also in padmasana or vajrasana.
Step 2: Now laterally lift your arms. Your lower arm and fingers should be towards the roof, making a 90-degree angle with your upper arm and shoulders.
Step 3: Open your palms wide, keep your upper body tight and straight, and clap.
And repeat. Keep breathing while moving your arms. If your palm feels warm, don’t worry. That’s because it happens when blood circulation has increased.
So if you are happy or not, just clap your hands!