Here are some tips for that sexy body you’ve always wanted. Today we’re talking about the all important core muscles or in other words, your abs. Been dreaming of the perfect midriff, those sexy obliques, or that six pack? Well before getting down to doing tons of crunches, let’s start with the basics of achieving great abs – core strength. Strengthening your core by doing yoga and other functional workouts is pivotal to your ultimate aim of achieving that sexy bod. So here are some tips on yoga for core strength, and finally – great abs.
Why is development of core strength required for great abs?
Your core (your complete mid section) is the most instrumental for developing a fit, strong and lean body. This is because it supports the upper body, as well as the lower body and unless you have strong back and ab muscles, you won’t be able to lift heavy, or run fast. And you should be able to lift heavy and run fast in order to get the perfect mid section.
Some functional workouts for a strong core are:
The most basic of all functional exercises and a full body workout, strengthening, the core, glutes, hips, upper thighs and calves.
Dead lifts –
An extremely useful exercise whereby you bend down and pick up a weight using your back, arms, hips and hamstring.
Overhead press –
Lifting dumbbells over your head not only works out your arms but your torso does a lot of work too, by balancing and supporting your arms that are lifting the weights.
To get rid of belly fat and strengthen your torso a good mix of the above weight training exercises as well as yoga works wonders.
So how does yoga help you get great looking abs?
Take almost any yoga posture like the sarvangasana (shoulder stand), virbhadrasana (warrior pose), or the dhanurasana (bow pose). How well you are able to emulate these poses almost always depends on how strong your core is. Being flexible, but having a weak core, will allow you to do some basic postures like Uttanasana (bending forward and touching your toes), but will not allow you to make much headway in the slightly more advanced postures.
Basic stretches like the cow and cat pose (getting down on all fours and stretching your back in and out) and the mountain pose where you stand on your toes, extend your arms upwards and stretch your whole body out, are very essential in increasing flexibility to your core. Doing this will make you far less susceptible to injuries and will allow you to push your body more during weight training and/ or running.
Yoga teaches you techniques of how to breathe in a way that promotes lung capacity, clears blockages and even clenches and unclenches stomach muscles. This, once again, promotes movement and flexibility of core muscles and all round core strength.
Although yoga alone will not help you achieve that six-pack, it is a vital addition to your fitness routine so that you can strengthen your core, which in turn will help you perform better in all your other fat burning endeavours. Strengthening your core in itself is vital if you want to tone your body for a sleeker torso and finally sexy abs.