Get a Beach-Worthy Body With This Simple Yoga Move

With my triathlon just four days away, I’ve entered the wonderful period known as tapering—short, easy workouts, and lots of downtime this week.


Are you panicked because it's already May and you're not ready to bare your bod in a bathing suit? Tighten a less-than-taut tummy in no time with navasana, or Boat posture. This awesome ab workout helps whittle your middle, plus it doesn't put a strain on your neck like crunches.

Start by sitting on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Slowly lean back, bend your knees (this helps protect your lower back), and lift your feet off the floor. Straighten your legs as much as possible for more of a challenge. Extend your arms so they run parallel to the floor.

If you have trouble balancing, try holding your hands on your hips. Focus on keeping your lower belly flat. Hold this position for five to 15 breaths, and repeat up to five times. Practice the Boat posture every day and you'll be bikini-ready by the start of beach season.
Sara Ivanhoe
Last Updated: May 04, 2009

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