Gentle and slow in pace, yoga can help relieve stress and still give you a challenging enough routine to burn calories, tone your abs, and improve flexibility. This gentle workout will strengthen your “core” muscles – those in the torso area, including your back and abs. When your core is strong, those muscles can help protect and brace your spine, improving your posture. What’s more, when you hold your body in the correct position, thanks to a strong core, you may feel better overall. Before you begin any new exercise plan, check with your doctor to be sure the plan is right for you.
The program: Add these moves to your regular exercise routine.
The payoff: Better posture, firmer abs, and more!
Bonus benefit: Standing up taller may actually add height and make you look a bit leaner.
Lie on your back in traditional sit-up position – with your hands clasped behind your head, feet on the floor, and knees bent. Then cross your right knee over your left knee, and try to interlock your right ankle with your left ankle. Next, inhale and curl your head and chest up. Exhale and curl your pelvis and thighs up, pulling your abs in toward your spine. Release and repeat three times.