Three Yoga Poses for Overweight Men


Kirsten Macnab |

Start off slow and try these three moves!

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1. Plank
In a push-up position with your hands beyond shoulder width,
drop your butt so your head and spine align. Brace your core. Hold for five breaths. “It’s awesome for building arm and core strength without crunches, which can hurt your lower back,” says Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga.

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2. Bridge

Lie on your back with your arms at your sides, palms facing down, knees bent, and feet hip-width apart and flat on the floor. Raise your hips as high as you can and lift your chin a little off your chest. Hold the pose for five breaths. “This provides a ton of chest and shoulder flexibility,” says Nardini.

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3. Tree
While standing, shift your weight to your left foot as you rest your right foot against your heel. Slowly raise your right foot to your shin or the inside of your thigh. Put your palms together at your chest and gaze at a fixed point. Hold for 10 slow breaths and work up to 20. “It works your whole lower body,” Nardini says.

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