Exercises to reduce waist size
These exercises target your waist.
Yoga may be especially effective for trimming your waistline. This is because, in addition to burning calories, it helps you manage stress. Get started with yoga under the supervision of an instructor or by following along to a yoga workout at home.
Planks work your abdominal muscles, as well as the muscles that surround your core and help support healthy posture.
To perform planks,
Start in a pushup position. Put your hands at your sides and your feet shoulder-width apart. Do this exercise on a thin yoga mat or another stable, cushioned surface.
Lift your body with your forearms so that you are parallel to the floor as you breathe out. Try to stabilize your core as you hold the position for as long as you can while taking slow breaths. Be careful not to hold the stress of this pose in your neck or your knees. Your core should be supporting your full weight.
Try this exercise in increments of 30 seconds, a minute, or more if you can do it, working up to multiple sets and longer lengths of time.
Standing oblique crunch
A standing oblique crunch works the muscles on your sides. Toning these muscles can give you a firmer, trimmer waist.
Start standing up, using an optional 5- or 10-pound weight. Stabilizing your left arm by touching your head, lower your right arm slowly while you keep your core stabilized. Try not to move your hips at all as you stretch toward the floor.
After several repetitions of this move, switch to the opposite side. This is a great alternative to traditional crunches if you have back pain and difficulty lying on the floor.
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