Core workouts do not center on crunches, sit ups, and push-ups alone because there are other exercises that can make your midsection rock hard. One such fitness program is yoga. We all know that yoga helps with detoxifying our body plus it is also effective in relieving back pain. But you might be surprised that you can also use yoga to train your core? Even if you are not really fond of yoga, trying these yoga poses out can help you trim down your waist and your midsection too. And the best part is that you only need 6 minutes of your time. Each of the poses below should be held for 30 seconds each. After you complete the set, do another round to complete your six minutes.
- High plank. Start on your hands and knees. Engage your abdominals then step your feet backwards until your legs are straight. Your hands should remain under your shoulders and your eyes should be looking at the front of the mat so that your neck is aligned. Your abs and legs should remain tight and that your back is long to prevent your lower back from sagging. Hold this for 30 seconds.
- Fish pose. For this yoga pose, you should lie face up on your mat. Push your chest upwards and towards the ceiling while keeping your head pressed on the floor. Lift your legs off the floor. Don’t worry about your legs shaking at the start. Pull your belly button in and while your core is engaged take five deep inhales and exhales or hold this pose for 30 seconds.
- Boat. Go into a seated position with your hands on the floor behind you. Engage your core by drawing your navel in then lift your legs up and off the floor with your knees bent in front of your chest. While keeping your core tight, lift your hands off the floor slowly then try to reach them forward and up while lengthening your legs. You should form the letter “V”. Make sure that you lengthen your spine as you hold this pose for 30 seconds.
- Downward dog. For this pose, you need to press your hands on the floor and take a step back with both legs. Press heels down on the floor as you roll your shoulders away from neck as you exhale. At the end of your exhale, pull your belly button in and towards your spine so that you will be breathing through your chest. Make sure that you keep your core strong as you inhale and exhale for 30 seconds.
- Warrior 3. Tighten your abs while lengthening your spine as you reach your arms forward while simultaneously lifting your left leg behind you. Keep reaching with your arms forward and your left leg backwards to the point that your body is parallel to the floor. Your eyes should be gazing at the front of your mat. Don’t forget to keep your abdominals tight and that your back straight. Relax your neck and shoulders and hold this for 30 seconds. Repeat with the other leg for another 30 seconds.