By Modupeoluwa Adekanye
Unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, and high-stress levels can cause a flabby tummy. Lack of abdominal strength usually manifests itself in the form of low back pain.
Proper diet, combined with a good fitness routine, can definitely help you reduce belly fat to a large extent.
Yoga plays an important part in switching on the abdominals and their subsets, it helps reduce belly fat when done right. Below are some Yoga poses that can help reduce tummy fat according to Stylecraze:
Tadasana also is known as mountain pose is an ideal warm-up pose. It improves blood circulation and activates the core and other peripheral areas, thereby ensuring that your body is ready for the other poses in the store.
To do this; Stand with your feet flat, heels slightly spread out, and the big toes of your feet in contact with each other. Keep the spine erect with hands on both sides and palms facing your body, then, stretch your hands to the front and bring the palms close to each other.
Inhaling deeply, stretch your spine. Raising your folded hands up above your head, stretch as much as you can. Try lifting your ankles and standing on your toes, with the eyes facing the ceiling. If you cannot stand on your toes, you can keep your feet flat on the ground, while your eyes face the ceiling.
Breathe normally and hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds. Inhale deeply, and while exhaling, slowly relax and bring your feet back to the floor. Repeat this 10 times, increasing the count gradually. Relax for 10 seconds before you attempt the next repetition.
This is also known as the sun salutation. It is a confluence of twelve yoga positions, each of which has a major impact on the entire body. The forward and backward bends allow stretches, while the deep breathing performed during the act helps in detoxification. Practice Surya Namaskar daily in the morning, facing the sun, for reaping the maximum benefits.
For this; Stand with both your feet together, expand your chest, and relax your shoulders. As you inhale, lift both your arms from the sides. And as you exhale, bring your arms to the front of your chest and keep them in the prayer position.
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Inhale, raise your hands, and stretch backward, slightly. Exhale, bend forward and try to touch your forehead to the knees. Bending your left knee, stretch your right leg backward, with your palms placed on the floor.
Move into a downward dog position.
From Adhomukha (downward dog), coming on the tips of the toes, move forward to where the hips are slightly elevated and take the entire torso in one plane down towards the floor. Inhale, stretch forward, and bend backward into upward facing dog. Keeping your hands fixed on the floor, move the torso into a downward dog.
As you inhale, bring your right leg forward, in between your elbows and stretch upwards. Bring your left leg forward and inhale deeply. Stretch back from the waist and return to the initial position.
Know that you still need to keep a healthy lifestyle for all of these to work.