It’s football season, which means many people spend their weekends plopped on the couch with the game on. As a sports fan myself, I know how it feels to not want to miss a game. But, there may be a better way to lounge around. There is a way to be “lazy” and improve your posture, core strength, and overall health at the same time. Try striking these five yoga poses while you watch your teams compete.
Sit cross-legged and focus on your posture by drawing your stomach in and elongating the spin. Remember to switch legs periodically! This resting pose will help with hip flexibility and core strength.
Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend
Sit up tall on your butt and straddle your legs as much as you can, from here reach forward while trying to keep the spin long. This stretch will lengthen your inner thigh muscles and help open up the hips.
Bound Angle Pose
…or butterfly position as I learned as a kid, is another seated pose. Bring the bottoms of your feet together and let your knees fall open to the sides. Relax your hands on your feet or take a forward fold stretch. This is yet another pose that improves hip flexibility, which is something that is jeopardized when sitting normally on the couch.
Two-Knee Reclined Spinal Twist
This pose allows you to lie on your back! Lie down and draw your knees into your chest. Now, let both of your knees fall over to the right as your arms spread wide making a T-shape. This easy twist is amazing for your lower back. If you feel comfortable, try looking towards your feet for an additional neck stretch. Don’t forget to perform the twist on both sides!
Half Cobra Pose
Lie on your stomach and bend your arms underneath your shoulders with your forearms on the ground. Lift your chest and press through your hands, but keep your forearms attached to the ground at all times. This pose is amazing for lower back flexibility.
Legs Up The Wall
This pose is exactly what its time entailsâ€¦ Bring your tailbone right up against the wall and swing your legs up the wall. Your shoulders and back will rest on the floor. The pose improves circulation!