If there is one thing we all want its a slim and trim waist. Not only is it sexy, but it is the ultimate reward for staying consistent with your workouts and keeping your diet in check.
For most of us however, getting a chiseled midsection seems like an impossible task. Because despite what the magazines say, spot reduction is a big fat myth.
You cannot trim your waist by doing a few simple ab exercises.
Being that we aren’t the type of blog to sugarcoat things we will just tell you like it is. Slimming your waist starts with a smart nutritional plan.
You must first reduce your calories so that you can start getting rid of the fat you have accumulated around your waist.
Once you have your nutrition in order you can start implementing the exercises we will share below. These exercises are designed to help you jump start your weight loss efforts.
And while they aren’t considered ab exercises, they are the perfect exercises for anyone who is trying to slim down their waist and get a chiseled midsection.
With that being said here are 3 exercises that, when combined with a smart nutritional plan, will help you carve out a nice midsection.
Most people would not think of pull ups as a way to slim their waist. But we assure you its a great exercise for the core.
By doing pull ups you will strengthen the muscles in your back and shoulders. This will ultimately cause your waist to look slimmer.
As you start doing pull ups you will find that there is no better exercise for building your back. They effectively target your lats and rhomboids. The two muscles needed to give you that coveted V-shape taper.
If you can’t do bodyweight pull ups just yet don’t worry. There are a few things you can do to build your way up to full bodyweight pull ups.
Check out the video below to see how you can do your first pull up.
High Intensity Interval Training
High intensity interval training, also referred to as HIIT, is the ultimate belly fat destroyer.
To reveal your midsection you must burn belly fat. There is no way around this.
Instead of doing long bouts of cardio, focus on high intensity interval training. High intensity interval training requires you alternate between short bursts of all out effort with low intensity recovery time.
Studies have shown over and over how effective this type of exercise is at burning belly fat. It will beat steady state cardio every time.
The more intense your high intensity interval training the more fat you will burn. It literally creates a fat burning furnace thanks to EPOC.
EPOC stands for excess postexercise oxygen consumption and it is what allows you to continue burning calories long after your high intensity interval training session has ended.
Here is a short 5 minute video explaining how to do high intensity interval training the right way.
The last exercise we will talk about are dead bugs. Unless you are a big time fitness person we can almost guarantee you have never heard of this exercise.
The interesting thing about this exercise is the fact it has absolutely nothing to do with building muscle or losing weight.
This exercise is more about helping your body function better which will ultimately help with your midsection.
Dead bugs strengthen the muscles needed to improve posture, reduce anterior pelvic tilt and give the appearance of a smaller waist.
Anterior pelvic tilt, also referred to as APT, is when the forward rotation of your pelvis is exaggerated.
This will often give the appearance of a bloated belly even when you are in great shape.
Dead bugs strengthen the external obliques and the rectus abdominis. Those two muscles are what will ultimately help you start shrinking your belly.
Here is a short 30 second video that shows you the proper way to do dead bugs.
When it boils down to it there are only 3 simple things required to slim your waist. First you must get your diet right, secondly you must strengthen your ads and improve your posture so you can decrease anterior pelvic tilt, and last you must incorporate the exercises above into your routine.
That’s really all there is to it. There is no magic number of sit ups you can do that will give you the midsection you desire.
So please forget the myth of spot reduction and focus on working the right muscles and eating the right type of foods.
By following the information outlined in this article we are 100% confident that you will be able to move closer to the slimmer waist you have always desired.