5 Fat Burning Yoga Poses for Spring
Despite the frigid temperature outside our Brooklyn office, spring is definitely almost here (emphasis on “almost”). Before you know it, temperatures will be soaring and swimsuits will be dug out from deep inside drawers. But we’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard to count calories and stick to a fat loss plan during the winter. It seems that carbs follow us wherever we go, from Thanksgiving until the wee hours of winter.
Luckily, we have 5 fat burning yoga poses that will not only promote fat loss but also get your heartbeat up and boost your metabolism just in time for your spring break.
Timeline: 3-5 days a week
Circuit Reps: 2 times
1. Plank with Arm-Left Lift
Get into a plank with wrists and shoulder lined up. Keeping your body in a straight line parallel to your mat, lengthen the crown of your head through your heels. Reach your right arm forward while lifting your left foot off the ground. Hold for three breaths then repeat with your left arm and right foot. For maximum workout, do 5 to 10 reps on each side.
2. Dolphin Push-ups
Get on all fours then place forearms on the ground shoulder-distance apart. Tuck your toes and lift your hips, creating a V shape. From this position, begin by lowering your chin towards your thumb as you inhale, coming almost to a forearm plank (even though you’re not, since your feet are too close to your elbows). Exhale to lift back to dolphin as you raise your hips back toward the ceiling. For maximum workout, do 20 reps.
3. High Lunge Twists
Get into a high lunge position with your right foot forward, inhale as you straighten your legs and lift your arms high. As you exhale, return to a high lunge, reaching your left arm forward and your right arm back like a twist. Inhale back to center. For maximum workout, do between 10 to 20 reps on each side.
4. Revolved Half Moon
Begin with a supported warrior three, right leg on the ground and left fingertips on the ground or a block. Lift your arm toward the ceiling and look up at your fingertips. Remain in this positions for 5 breaths, then repeat on opposite the side.
Don’t sit just yet! From a standing position, reach your arms high as you sink your hips, almost like a squat. Make sure you can still see your toes by looking in front of your knees. If you can’t see your toes, sit back until you can. Drop your shoulders away from your ears and breath, 5 long, deep breaths.
These five, easy to do poses will help to sculpt and tone muscle while burning some extra calories. In need of an extra fat burning boost? Our juices can help you shed pounds quick...and it tastes good too! Learn more about our 3-day cleanses here.
**Workout/photos sourced and modified from SHAPE.com.