With age, fat deposits in the belly are added to unhealthy lifestyle practices, poor eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle, and stress. It not just looks bad but also causes certain complications like back pain, sagging, and poor posture.
Here are a few yoga asanas that you can practice daily to melt the stubborn belly flab that burns calories, makes the muscles flexible, and helps improve metabolism.
Tadasana or Mountain Pose
To perform this pose, just stand straight with heels slightly spread out, and the big toes of your feet in contact with each other. Stretch your hands to the front and bring the palms close to each other. Stretch your spine and raise your folded hands above your head. Breathe normally and hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds.
Surya Namaskar or sun salutations
This is a common confluence of 12 positions that help strengthen the entire body making it flexible and strong. The asanas also help in enhancing breathing and taking care of the lungs.
Stand with both your feet together, expand your chest, and relax your shoulders. While inhaling make sure to lift both arms from the sides. And as you exhale, bring your arms to the front of your chest. Then raise your hands, and stretch backward, slightly. Bend forward, and try to touch your forehead to the knees. Move into a downward dog position and thereafter move forward keeping the hips in an elevated position. Bring your left leg forward and inhale deeply. Stretch back from the waist.
Pavanmuktasana or wind relieving pose
It helps in taking care of many gastric issues like indigestion and constipation. Also, in the pose, the knees exert pressure on your tummy, holding the position for more than a minute helps in the burning of fat in the region.
Lie down straight on your back with arms beside your body and feet stretched out. Slowly bend your knees and start taking deep breaths. Hold your knees in place by clasping your hands underneath the thighs. Inhale again, and as you exhale, lift your head, allowing your chin to touch your knees.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.