Mix It Up With Yoga To Burn More Fat
If you are looking to burn more fat with your workouts, just doing cardio and weight training might not get you to where you want to be. Break through your plateau. Mix up your workouts and add in some yoga. Here are some of the best yoga poses for burning more fat and helping you to lose weight.
Three Legged Down Dog + Crunch
This yoga pose is similar to a down dog pose, but it is going to have a slight variation called a split. You will start the yoga pose by getting into the downward dog position, then move one of your legs up, which helps to open your hip at the same time. Do this while inhaling a breath. Then when you let out the air by exhaling, you will round your knee close to your nose, pulling up your leg to your abdomen. Now release it and repeat with the other side. Keep doing this for about 10 reps on each leg and you will burn a lot of fat and calories from the movements.
A simple plank is a yoga pose that packs a lot of power and is great for burning more fat. Planks look simple when you see other people do them until you attempt them yourself. It really is a full-body workout that you can do just about anywhere. A plank is done by getting on your hands and knees on the ground. Raise your knees creating a flat line from your head to tail to toes. Your body is lifted off the ground, from your arms down to your legs. Make sure to engage your core. While you are balancing on your hands and toes this is really a core strengthening move.
This pose a great full body strengthener. In this pose you will power up your legs, core and arms while lengthening through the spine.
Turn your left foot in slightly to the right and your right foot out to the right 90 degrees. Align the right heel with the left heel. Firm your thighs and turn your right thigh outward, so that the center of the right knee cap is in line with the center of the right ankle. Exhale and extend your torso to the right directly over the plane of the right leg, bending from the hip joint, not the waist. Anchor this movement by strengthening the left leg and pressing the outer heel firmly to the floor. Rotate the torso to the left, keeping the two sides equally long. Let the left hip come slightly forward and lengthen the tailbone toward the back heel. Rest your right hand on your shin, ankle, or the floor outside your right foot, whatever is possible without distorting the sides of the torso. Stretch your left arm toward the ceiling, in line with the tops of your shoulders. Keep your head in a neutral position or turn it to the left, eyes gazing softly at the left thumb.
Also, try taking a yoga class like hot yoga or vinyasa flow to burn even more calories and lose weight while doing the poses.
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