Dracula monkeyWe all know that vampires live forever, but is it really blood that keeps them looking young and agile?

While most doctors wouldn’t recommend drinking blood to stay young, you can pick up one of Dracula’s other habits in order to keep your skin looking healthy, your mind agile and your body more flexible.

What if the real secret to living forever (or at least a lot longer) was their habit of perching upside down and hanging like a bat? The Prince of Darkness may be onto something when he dangles from the rafters since hanging upside down has so many health benefits. Even the undead can benefit from more blood feeding the brain and oxygenating the bloodstream. Increased blood flow to the brain when inverting can make you more awake and alert, and may even help to improve overall brain function, according to author Win Winger.

Dracula also must remain agile while hunting down his prey night after night. How could he outmaneuver so many of his victims if he didn’t stay flexible enough to pounce from the shadows? Perhaps his regular inversion sessions are keeping him flexible by lubricating his joints and decompressing his spine to keep him in top shape. When you are hundreds of years old, a compressed spine can be a nightmare. No wonder Dracula chooses to take a cue from the bats and invert regularly.

Whether you sport a pair of fangs or not, almost anyone can benefit from regular inversion sessions to feel more alert, stay flexible and relieve back pain.