The Ultimate Waist-Cinching Workout for Toned Abs
Posted on May 22 2015
Most women still rely on crunches to get a toned, flat belly. However, crunches are not really effective because they train only the front and sides of the abdomen leaving other important muscles, including hips, lower back and upper thighs.
On the other hand, some exercises involve all related muscles and burn more calories to firm, flatten, and contour your waistline as well as lift the butt, and shape your legs.
If you are looking for effective exercises for your abs to burn off the extra fat and sculpt your muscles, check out our top picks.
When doing side planks, you are supporting your entire body weight on two points of contact instead of four, which makes it one of the most challenging abs exercises. To perform this exercise, lie down on your left side with your elbow directly beneath your shoulder. Now, place your right hand on your right hip and lift your hips off the floor until you are balancing yourself on your left forearm. With your body in the form of a diagonal line, hold your position for 30 to 40 seconds. If you cannot hold that long initially, start with a shorter duration and increase it gradually to 30 seconds. Once you have completed one count, switch the side and repeat the process.
Alligator drag is a combination of cardio and strength training. This exercise burns calories by using your entire body. For this exercise, you need a spacious room where you could move forward 10 to 20 yards, as well as a plastic bag or a piece of cloth to slide over the surface with minimum friction. Begin with a push-up position placing your feet on the plastic bags or pieces of cloth. Now start walking forward with your hands and move at least 10 yards from your position. Rest for 60 to 90 seconds and walk back in the same manner to your original place. Repeat the set for two more times to complete the exercise.
Stork Hinges with Single Arm Reach
Stork hinges is a rigorous exercise to activate the abdominal muscles and tone the waistline. To do this exercise, stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart. Move your right leg forward and shift your weight to your front foot. Raise your left arm in the air and place the right one on your hip. Slowly bend forward, raising the rear leg and lowering the torso gradually, until your straight arm and leg are parallel to the ground. Hold for a few seconds and then move your body back to the original position. Do 6 reps on one side and then switch sides for the next 6.
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