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Make these 5 yoga poses your best friends to shed stubborn belly fat

Published on:24 October 2020, 11:22am IST
A strong core defines how far you will go on the fitness front. The stronger your core, the longer you go.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Your core is your sweet spot and these five yoga poses will strengthen it more. Image courtesy: Mrinali

Having a strong core is the key to good fitness. But did you know that your core doesn’t just consist of your abdominal area? In fact, it starts right from your chest and goes all the way up till your lower abdomen. 

We’ve got for you  five yoga poses that will target every inch of your core, and tone it in no time! All set? Let’s find out: 

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1. Boat pose

Boat pose aka naukasana is a great way to make your core strong, especially as you engage most of your muscles in the abdominal region. The longer you hold the pose, the muscles are contracted to the maximum.

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The only thing you need to keep in mind is to keep your back straight, otherwise all your effort will go in vain. To get your core strong, you must do five reps and hold each pose for 10 seconds.

2. Low plank

You will only understand this pose, once you practice it. In a high or classic plank, your joints are locked and some of your weight is held by them as well. But as and when you go lower, the muscles get contracted all the more, and therefore you get a maximum stretch. You need to do 5 reps and 10 seconds hold of this low plank pose.

3. Side plank dip

Now, this one is especially for your obliques. If you have been inquisitive about how these celebs get that curvy waistline, remember a side plank dip is one of their secrets. This plank is coupled with a dip, which brings movement into the whole pose, and squeezes and tightens your core muscles to the maximum. Make sure to do 10 reps on each side.

4. Knee to arm plank

This is cardio mixed with a plank. Basically, it serves a dual purpose of losing weight and building muscle. So to amp it up, do at least 10 reps on each side. You can increase the number as per your convenience.

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Yoga is the natural way to get flat abs. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Locust pose

Your core also needs stretching, as it is also made up of muscles. And that means it does get stiff from time to time, and needs relaxation. That’s why there is nothing better than the locust pose. There is a level of heat generated in your core that helps to give you a flat belly. Plus, it also aids in digestion. So, do 5 reps and hold each one for 10 seconds!

There you have it ladies, your very own core routine. It’s time to get going!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.