Yoga is brilliant for your core strength, and over time your abs will thank you for some dedicated stretching time.
Here are 3 perfect yoga stretches which will target your tummy:
The great thing about the dolphin pose is that it engages the front of your whole body. You’ll need to engage from your sternum to your waist and it will help to build your flexibility and strength.
Starting on your hands and knees, push your elbows and arms down, raise your hips and keep your feet flat on the floor. You’re aiming to create an upside-down V with your body, and when you achieve that, extend one leg up into the air – keep it high and straight.
Hold the pose for 30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.
The glutes and legs benefit from a good Warrior pose, as well as the core.
Stand with your feet together before lifting one leg backwards and towards a 90 degree angle. You’ll need to lean forward and hold your arms straight out in front of you. Hold this pose for 30 seconds before repeating on the other side.
This is tricky for beginners but you can build up to hold it for a longer amount of time. Gradually you’ll build up your core strength with this great stretch. You’ll be working the abs, hip flexors and lower back. It also stretches the hamstrings.
On a yoga mat, sit with your feet flat on the floor. Extend both your legs forward at the same time as lifting your back off the floor. Create a V shape with your body and extend your arms in front of you. With your core engaged, hold this pose for 30 seconds.
My core strength is very good and I have never suffered from back problems. I put this partly down to doing regular yoga since I was a teenager. Strong core makes a strong back.
The boat pose is great for abs but very hard. Do you start by sitting or lying down?