3 Yoga Moves That Flatten Your Tummy

If you're doing regular crunches, you're probably neglecting some important abdominal muscles, especially those in your lower back. (Yes, your lower back is key for strong abs.) These poses strengthen those hard-to-reach spots while helping you bust your belly fat. We'd call that a win win.

Move #1: Forearm Side Plank
Place your right forearm on the floor directly under your shoulder. While laying down, place your left foot on top of your right. Push the floor away with your forearm and foot to lift your hips away from the floor. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds then repeat on the opposite side.
This strengthens your waist, outer hips, and shoulders.

Move #2: Twisted Core Pose
Lie on your back and spread your legs so they are hip-width apart. Then, tie a strap or string around your legs at your ankles. Extend your legs toward the ceiling, pulling the strap taut with your legs throughout the entire exercise. Exhale as you take your legs to the right and simultaneously attempt to turn your belly button in the opposite direction (to the left). Inhale and bring your legs back up. Repeat side to side for five to 10 rounds on each side.

Move #3: Side Plank Push Ups
Return back to your original position for forearm side plank. Come into forearm side plank as you did the first time, but exhale as you let your hips slowly drop down two to six inches toward the floor. Inhale and lift your hips back up. Repeat five to 10 times, and then do the same on the other side.

Tiffany Cruikshank is a health and wellness expert, author of Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life, and founder of Yoga Medicine.

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