If you’re looking to trim your waist, start incorporating these core exercises into your routine.
However, it’s easier said than done, especially when you’re targeting a specific area. Spot weight loss doesn’t work because your body loses fat from wherever is convenient. Many women suffer from the lower tummy pooch as stubborn stomach fat usually seems to go away last.
Instead of just losing fat, building muscle to tone the area also helps to give you a tighter and leaner physique. For a slimmer looking waist, many people focus on ab exercises. However, doing back, upper body, and hip exercises will make a big difference too. Do these exercises for the stated amount of reps and repeat the circuit thrice for a full core workout.
(Also read: 7 Best Yoga Moves To Strengthen Your Core)
Side plank holds
Lie on your stomach and turn your whole body to the left. Place your right elbow under your right shoulder and your right palm in front of it. Place your left hand on your left hip for support. Place your feet on top of each other and lift your body up.
Try to keep your hips higher than your shoulders and your body in a straight line. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute. Repeat on the other side.
Side plank dips
From the previous position, tighten your abs and lower your hips as close to the ground as possible. Then, return to starting position. Do 20 reps and repeat on other side.
(Also read: 6 Plank Variations That Will Give You 6 Pack Abs)
Lie on your back and lift up your legs at a 90-degree angle. Place your arms beside your body, palms facing down. Lift your head and shoulders off the ground. Bring your hands up to mid-thigh height. Then, pulse them five inches down and back up. Repeat 100 times.
Breathe in through your nose and forcefully breathe out through your mouth. For more challenge, straighten your legs and keep them 20 degrees above the ground for a greater challenge.
Sit on the floor with your knees bent. Keep your heels one foot away from your butt. Clasp your hands together in front of your chest and lean back 45 degrees. Hunch your back slightly to engage your core. Slowly turn your upper body to the left without moving your legs. Return to centre and turn to the right. Repeat 20 times.
Lie on your stomach and rest your forehead on the back of your hands. Keep your legs together with your toes pointed. Engaging your core, lift your upper body and legs as high as you can. Slowly lower back down. Repeat 15 times.
(Also read: Best Yoga Poses for A Strong And Flexible Back)