Alongside your healthy diet plan, you’re going to need an exercise routine to really maximise your waist shaping efforts. These tips should help:
Start off your new exercise routine at a sensible level – don’t go off all guns blazing! Build yourself up to a regular and rigorous routine that you can stick to without pushing yourself to the absolute limit, and you’ll be more likely to stick to it. Aim for at least thirty minutes four to five times a week. Once you’re really in the swing of it, you’ll find that the effort and motivation required lessens and you’ll see the benefits.
Ramp up the cardio
Cardio is your best route to burning calories, losing weight and toning that waist. There are some easy, cheap options which don’t require a scary gym membership – running, skipping and cycling or feel young again with hula-hooping or dancing! You can also easily track your hear rate during exercise to make sure you are maximising your fat loss potential.
Concentrate on your core
There are multiple sets of muscles in the stomach area, so make sure you focus your attention on the muscles that will reduce your wait – the tranverse and rectus abdominals. Yoga and Pilates are great options for working on these muscles plus teaching you the correct breathing techniques to enhance your exercising. Try to stay away from exercises for the oblique muscles (the muscles along the side of the stomach). Buiding up these muscles can actually make your waist appear wider.
Suck it up
Works your stomach muscles throughout the day by keeping them sucked in – imagine you have an invisible spring from your belly button to your back and you are trying to stop it stretching. After only a few days, you won’t even notice you’re doing it!
Specific exercises for waist shaping
- Lay on your back with your legs raised at a right angle to the floor. Straighten your arms and reach towards your feet for 100 reps. As you get more comfortable with this exercise, you can start to lower your legs closer and closer towards the ground.
- Lay on your back with knees bent and feet on the floor. Place your hands behind your head and lift up so that one elbow goes towards the opposite knee. Work towards three sets of 10-15 reps.
- Plank and side plank – building up to holding for 60 seconds on each side.
- Push ups and bench dips are both great exercises for toning your shoulders and chest, which will help draw attention to your newly toned waist. Lifting dumbbells can also have a similar toning impact on your shoulders.