Every day we tell ourselves that tomorrow is the magical day. The day we decide to start exercising and taking better care of our bodies. We’ve all made promises to ourselves, and it’s about time we tried to stay true to our word. This article will show a few exercises that are easy to do and incorporate into your daily routine. You can also complete these in the comfort of your own home, in your own time. Don’t forget to combine these with a balanced, healthy eating plan.
6. Cobra Position
This exercise gives you a stronger back and flexible spine. Lie on your stomach with your feet together, bend your arms at the elbows and push yourself up on your hands at a straight angle. Next, breathe in carefully and bend at the waist and pull up your torso while holding your head up a bit. Stay in this position for 30 seconds, then lower your body while breathing out.
If you want a slimmer or more toned down abdomen, then this move is perfect for you. For this, you will need a firm, flat and carpeted surface. Start with lying on your back with your legs together and straightened. Slowly stretch your legs up while propping your lower back on your arms. Maintain this position for 30-60 seconds. This exercise will also stretch your legs, hips, and back. To come back down- bend your legs, and this should automatically lower you back down.
This exercise targets the buttocks and hips and makes them firmer and more toned. It also strengthens the spine and upper body. Begin by lying on your stomach with your chin on the floor. Place your arms at your sides and make fists. Stretch out your legs and feet as much as you can without feeling uncomfortable. Then, slowly raise your legs one at a time while breathing in. Lower them again while breathing out. As this pose can be rather difficult, you should do a few stretches before getting started.
This pose will give you toned and firm abs. When done regularly, it can also make your legs leaner and stronger. Lie on a firm surface with your hand under your head and your legs together. Next, slowly pull up your legs to an angle of 30 degrees without bending them. Strain your abdominal muscles, but don’t bend at the waist. Breathe deeply three times while in this position. Gradually increase the angle to 60 degrees. Stay like this, breathe deeply three more times, and then slowly increase the angle again to 90 degrees. Remain in this position. You can repeat this backward.
A common pose, this is yet another exercise for great abs. Prop yourself up using your hands and knees, then stretch your legs until you’re supporting your weight with the tips of your toes and your elbows. Stretch your abdominal muscles and pull your legs up a few inches, one at a time. Repeat for a full minute. Don’t bend, and remember to keep your back straight.
If you want one move that will work on toning your entire body, then look no further than the triangle pose. To begin, bend at the waist and bring the fingertips of your right hand to the floor, outside your right foot. Extend your left arm above your head, creating a straight line between left hand and foot. Hold for several seconds while slowly breathing. Release your hands and then straighten your upper body, then your right leg. Repeat on the other side.