6 At-Home Exercises to Get Your Dream Waist

· June 29, 2016
If you’re not accustomed to exercise it’s important to avoid injuring yourself by starting out slowly and without forcing your body too much. Over time you can gradually increase the intensity

More than the desire to have a slim and toned figure, what many women want is to lose a few inches off the waist to make their curves appear more pronounced.

Although there are plenty of ways to achieve that, exercise is one of the best ways to see excellent results.

In most instances, extra pounds around the abdominal area are the result of leading a sedentary lifestyle and having poor eating habits. Genetic issues or thyroid imbalances can also cause this, however.

Regardless of the cause, there are several training routines that you can try to firm and tone this area in a short amount of time.

Today we want to share six simple exercises you can practice at home to keep you from making any more excuses. Get started!

1. Static obliques

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Static obliques are a strengthening exercise that will help slim down your waist and abdomen.

How do you do it?

  • Lie on your side with your legs straight, one on top of the other.
  • Lift both legs and try to hold them in the air for two seconds.
  • Lower your legs slowly and repeat this movement 10 times on each side.
  • Remember to tighten your abdomen and keep your back straight.

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2. Leg raises

There are plenty of leg raising exercises that work different muscle groups in the body.

We’ll focus on one in particular, whose short sideways movements will help you slim your waist.

How do you do it?

  • Lay on a mat with your back against the floor.
  • Bend your knees slightly and keep your arms at your sides, palms on the floor.
  • With your legs together, move them to the right side, then to the center, and finally to the left side.
  • Repeat this same movement for 45 seconds and then rest.

3. Side crunches

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The advantage of abdominal exercises is that they can be performed in countless ways to shape the stomach and waist region.

This exercise involves a slight lateral motion that focuses directly on the waistline.

How do you do it?

  • Lay on your back with your knees bent, and sit up so that your arms reach your right knee.
  • Return to the starting position and repeat this movement but reach toward the left knee.
  • Continue to alternate sides for 45 to 60 seconds.

4. Arm stretches

This is one of the easiest exercises you can do at any time of the day.

How do you do it?

  • Stand up straight with your feet together and arms raised.
  • Stretch your right arm out as far as you can, as if you were trying to touch the ceiling.
  • Do this slowly, to avoid an injury.
  • To 10 repetitions on each side.

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5. The plank with hip movements

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The plank is a popular exercise because it works all your muscle groups without much effort.

It’s a position of strength that tones your waist, abdomen, and buttocks. If that weren’t enough, it also reduces strain on the lower back.

This variation on the plank includes a simple hip movement that will increase the intensity and improve the weight loss benefits.

How do you do it?

  • Facing the floor, support your body weight on your forearms and toes.
  • Be sure to keep your back straight and then move your hips slowly from side to side.
  • Try to maintain this pose and motion for 30 to 45 seconds.

6. The twist

Twisting your torso from side to side is one of the best activities that will tone and shape this region.

How do you do it?

  • With your legs placed slightly apart put your hands on your hips and bend your knees.
  • Twist as far as you can to the right side, and then repeat on the left side.
  • Keep your back straight while you perform this exercise and be sure to only move from the waist up. Your hips should be still.
  • Do one set of 20 repetitions on each side.

Finally, it’s important to remember that having a trim and firm waistline is the result of regular physical effort and good nutrition.

None of these exercises will give you the results you want unless you control what you eat and engage in other healthy habits.