Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to strengthen your inner core so that it looks like Tracy Anderson or Michael Phelps. Or perhaps that was last year’s resolution. Regardless if getting a svelte middle is on your 2009 list, developing strong abdominals not only looks great but studies show that it improves posture and reduces lower back pain. A well-maintained core improves the stability of your torso which prevents your back from common aches and strains that come from moving too quickly or shoveling snow without the proper alignment.
Rather than spend oodles of your precious gym minutes working on your core, here is one yoga move that will strengthen your abs and give your arms and legs a workout, too!
Navasana, or Boat Pose, is a grounding seated posture that not only carries all of the mind-stilling benefits of any yoga posture but it also results in a strong and lean inner core. Don’t forget to keep your breath deep and rhythmic as you do navasana posture – the deep yoga ujjayi breathing also tones the inner muscles of your core.
Here’s how to do it.