You must have already heard quite a few times that if you can bend and touch your toes, your fitness levels are great. No doubt it’s true, because it can be pulled off by only those who have flexible muscles, and no bulging tummy to intervene. And here’s the best part: if you don’t have a flat belly, you can get it in no time by doing this. Yes, this toe touching pose has a name, and it is called padahastasana or standing forward bending pose.
Did you know, doing a standing forward bending pose before doing those abs crunches can double the impact? That’s because doing this move in speed can help in warming the core area, and when you follow your core routine, then your muscles contract and relax better as they are stimulated well, thanks to this pose.
According to yoga guru Grand Master Akshar, the most dangerous place to accumulate fat is around your stomach. This is the reason why belly fat is closely linked to type-2 diabetes, heart diseases, and even some forms of cancer.
“Unfortunately, stomach fat is one of the hardest things to get rid of, and it can really affect your lifestyle. When you carry around excess weight, it makes you lethargic, and sluggish, which in turn encourages a sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, you should make it a top priority to get rid of this stubborn belly fat,” he says
He adds, “You can surely target this area for weight loss although it will require you to make certain lifestyle changes. With a regular and consistent exercise routine and a sensible diet, it is not impossible to achieve a toned belly. Yoga is a fantastic way to lose fat around your midriff.”
When you are in this pose, your stomach is completely compressed. This is an important factor which will help you burn and reduce excess fat around from your tummy. This asana also improves the function of your digestive system, which is crucial when it comes to weight loss. This is because when you enjoy healthy digestion, your metabolism improves, and you can have a healthy belly.
To start this practice, you can do 20 reps and four sets. After a while, you can increase the number of reps as per your convenience.
Avoid this pose completely if you have recently had either a back, knee or hamstring surgery. Do not perform this asana if there has been a recent injury to your legs, hips, back, or shoulders.
So ladies, are you game to perform this easy peasy yoga pose?
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