Instead of scrolling through Instagram and Facebook for quick ab exercises after a run, try these yoga moves. They will not only help you work all the layers of your abdominal muscles but will also help you log hours of injury-free running. So perform these asanas recommended by yoga expert Sunaina Rekhi after a run.
Navasana or boat pose: Balancing in navasana or the boat pose will challenge your entire midsection and your obliques. Hold the pose for 8 to 10 seconds and repeat it five times.
Paschimottanasana or sitting forward bend: This asana will stretch and tone the muscles of your abdomen, hips, thighs and back apart from relieving tension from your entire lower body after a run.
Setubandhasana or bridge pose: This pose challenges your core and for a bonus, it will work on your tush and tone the back of your legs. Stay in this pose for five breaths and lift your hips as high as you can.
Shalabhasana or locust pose: Not only does this asana help tone the muscles of the thighs, upper thighs and buttocks, but it also strengthens the muscles of the lower back. This asana also extends the spine and makes you more flexible.
Bhujangasana or the cobra pose: This pose can do wonders for lower back pain and a tight chest and also provide an excellent stretch to your core muscles and your hip flexors. Hold the pose for 10-15 seconds and be sure to keep your thighs off the floor to get the optimal stretch.