Yoga to reduce belly fat Part 1: 4 asanas that will stretch and contract your core muscles – Firstpost

Posted: February 21, 2020 at 11:42 pm

Your midsection or belly might be the first area where weight gain shows up, but losing this very fat can be one of the most difficult things. Sugar, stress, an unhealthy lifestyle and little or no exercise helped create the belly fat that affects every aspect of your health and looks. But what will help you get rid of it?

Of course, you need to make some positive lifestyle changes and cut harmful foods from your diet. But more than anything else, you need exercise. And when it comes to a holistic exercise regimen thatll show results, yoga is what you need.

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According to a study published inDeutsches rzteblatt Internationalin 2016, 60 women who tried yoga intervention for 12 weeks to get rid of abdominal obesity were able to do so with success. Practising yoga for 12 weeks also improved their mental and physical well-being.

There are many asanas which target the abdominal area, stretching and contracting the muscles there to great effect. To avoid any injuries, it is recommended that you perform yoga under the guidance of a trained professional. Having said that, here are four asanas that are great for getting a flatter stomach:

This asana stimulates the abdominal area while also stretching out the back and the hamstrings. If you have a back injury, its best to do this pose with bent knees and with the support of a wall.

This asana opens up the chest and shoulders apart from stretching the abdomen. Pregnant women and people with a back injury or carpal tunnel should skip this asana.

This seated asana stimulates the abdominal organs and muscles, while also stretching the hamstrings and the back. People with a back injury, diarrhoea and asthma should not perform this asana.

This asana stretches out the entire body while engaging the core muscles and the abdomen. Do not try this asana if you have blood pressure issues, migraine or insomnia.

This is the first article in a two-part series on yoga to reduce belly fat.

For more information, read our article onYoga: Benefits, Types, Importance and Rules.

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Updated Date: Feb 21, 2020 13:48:14 IST

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