If you are going to reduce your weight, then you would change your lifestyle by altering your diet and indulging in cardio workouts and other such activities to enhance metabolism, blood circulation, and building up muscle. While you think about an extremely effective workout or exercise, you forget about the other choices. But you could practice simple and easy stretches to burn the fat clinging to your waist. So, here are some stretches to lose weight and get in shape.
You have to perform this by lying on your back, placing your arms at your sides, and bending your knees at 90 degrees. Now, slowly and steadily lift your body up by pressing your shoulders or upper back to the floor. Then, hold it for 10 seconds and come back to your position and relax. Repeat it for about 20 to 30 counts. This would be highly beneficial for your hips, glutes, legs, and abs.
INNER THIGH STRETCH:
This is highly beneficial for women and focuses on the inner thighs and groin muscles. To perform this, you have to sit on the floor by keeping your back straight and place the soles of your feet together and drop your knees out to the sides. Next, you have to use your forearms to press your knees gently towards the floor and hold it for 25 seconds.
KNEE SQUEEZING STRETCH:
Simply lie on your back and bend both knees and hold them together with your arms. Slowly and gently, bring the knees towards your chest which thus provides a stretch by holding it for 25 to 30 seconds. This knee squeezing stretch would benefit your upper, middle, and lower back muscles. Burn out the extra fat by squeezing it out!
SITTING SIDE BEND STRETCH:
Just sit on the floor with crossed legs and lift your left arm straight up over your head. Now, try leaning it to the left and feel the stretch and change the sides and hold it each for 15 seconds. This would help in toning your obliques, back, abs, and shoulders as well.
DOWNWARD FACING DOG STRETCH:
This would be simple and easy by starting on your hands and knees. When you start exhaling, straighten your arms and knees and press your heels towards the floor and your head towards your feet. Hold the pose for 15 seconds and repeat it for 20 counts or as per your wish. This stretching would focus on your legs, hips, back, shoulders, and arms.
Especially for strengthening your leg muscles, this exercise would also target hip flexors, quads, and hamstrings. Try to lunge your right leg to the side until the knee is bending up to 90 degrees. Now, your left leg would be extending towards the left side and ensure the left foot is on the floor. Then, lean your upper body slightly forward and stay in the pose for 25 seconds. Do it on the other side and repeat it with the comfortable counts.