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The Top 5 Exercises For A Slimmer Waist

Friday 06th May 2022 |

Whether you want to lose weight, look slimmer, or feel healthier working out every day can change your life. 

We often get asked – how do I lose weight around my waist?  Sadly, you cannot lose weight in just one area of your body. This is known as spot reduction and it isn’t possible. When we lose weight we lose it from all over our bodies. 

The good news is that if you work out your waist, abs, and lower back while losing weight you can tone up and create some muscle definition. One of the best ways to lose weight is to do HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts and you can build the moves we are going to talk about into HIIT workouts. You should be combining your daily exercise with a good diet – check out this perfect body me review for more information on that diet. Today, we are going to share with you 5 exercises that will help you lose weight and tone up around your waist. 

#1 – Squats 

Squats are what we call compound exercises – this means that they strengthen more than one muscle at a time. 

Squats are incredible exercises because they burn a lot of calories (especially when you do weighted squats or include them in a circuit) and they use pretty much every muscle in your body. 

They help you to build core strength which is important for so many different reasons – one of these reasons being that core definition will help to make your waist look thinner. 

Our core muscles also support our backs and our legs – when you improve your core strength you will notice a reduction in back pain and hip pain. 

#2 – The Teaser 

This is a move from Orthodox Pilates. 

Orthodox Pilates follows a set of 34 moves designed by the exercise’s founder Joseph Pilates. They are designed to strengthen the body without straining it. 

Pilates called the Teaster “the mother of all sit-ups”. 

The Teaser starts like a normal sit-up, but when you reach the top you hold for 5 seconds, you then shift your weight to the back of your hips and hold for another 5 seconds. 

In a more advanced version of the Teaser, you keep your legs and arms off the floor for the whole time. 

It is worth doing some normal sit-ups or a pilates routine to help you warm up before you start doing the Teaser – as it is a very intense move. 

#3 – Side Plank 

If you want your waist to look smaller then you are going to want to build and tone your oblique muscles. 

These are the muscles that run along the side of your abs. They help with your balance and your core strength. They are harder to work out than the other muscles in your core. 

Different variations on a side plank are a great way to exercise your obliques. 

When you first start working out, you might struggle to hold yourself up on a side plank. If this is the case then you should rest your knees on the floor. As long as you are engaging your core, you should still see the benefits of this exercise. 

#4 – Leg Raises 

Many core exercises can be done on the floor – this is one of them. 

There are two ways to do this exercise. You can start with your legs stretched out straight above you and lower them toward the floor while lying on your back. 

Or you can start by lying on your back with your legs straight out on the floor, then lift them to a 90-degree angle before slowly lowering them to the floor again. 

It is important that you do not arch your back during this exercise. This will strain your back and take the pressure off your core. The slower you perform these exercises, the more benefit you will get out of them. 

#5 – Russian Twists 

This final exercise will help you to work out your arms, your core, and your oblique muscles. 

When you first start doing this exercise, you will want to do it just using your body weight, and then progressively overload. This means adding a little bit more weight each week. You could do this by holding a water bottle, a dumbbell, or even a medicine ball. 

Bend your knees and put your feet flat on the floor. Keep your hips facing forward and twist from left to right – 10 times on each side. This may seem easy at first, but by the time you get to the third round, you will be feeling it through your abs and obliques. 

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