Put down those dumbbells! Weight training isn't the only way to tone your muscles. The next time you need to work your abs, arms, and legs, do these three yoga-inspired strength-training moves.
Here's a variation on plank that'll give you a chiseled upper body and core you can't wait to show off.
- Begin in Quarter Dog. Press your hips and shoulders back toward your feet, lengthening through your spine. If you can, try to press your heels down toward the ground to stretch through your calves and hamstrings. Tilt your tailbone up slightly to feel a stretch in your lower back.
- Take a deep breath in and as you exhale, dive forward, coming into Dolphin Plank position. Make sure your hips are in line with your shoulders, so your body is parallel with the ground. If this is too difficult, rest one or both knees on the floor.
- Inhale back to the start position. Repeat Dolphin Dive for three sets of 20 reps.
Keep reading to learn how to do Backbend Push-Ups and Headstand Crunches.