Welcome to our weekly fitness feature, "STEF IT UP," a fitness how-to with our very own Stefanie Spitz, and host of the Women's Workout Daily Blog.  

 

Yoga Poses that Shape the Back 

Is there anything more annoying than that "excess skin," to say it nicely, on our back? This week, I’m going to share a few yoga poses with you that will help decrease our back fat, yes back fat. I know that it sounds a bit crazy that yoga can help with fat trimming, but the stretching of your body really helps elongate muscles and increases blood flow.

Dolphin Plank: 

Start by lowering down onto your forearms and walk your feet out so that your body is in one long line from your head to your heels.

Hold the plank for five seconds.

Locust: 

From the Dolphin Plank, it is easy to move right in to locust.

Start by lying on your stomach with your legs together. Place your arms by your sides so your palms are facing up.

As you inhale, lift your upper body off the floor keeping your hands on the floor for extra support (if you need it).

Taking slow deep breaths keep your shoulders relaxed down your back. Keep extending the top of your head away from your toes, elongating your neck.

Stay in the pose for five seconds then release.

Side Plank:

Start with both feet together so your big toes are touching (lying on your right side). Reach your left arm straight above you or extend it over your ear (keeping it in line with your shoulder)

Stay in your side plank for five deep breaths, trying to keep your core strong and remaining steady. Repeat this pose on the left side.

Looking good!

For more of Stefanie’s fitness tips and advice check out her blog page Women’s Workout Daily.

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