Low Impact Exercises to Reduce Your Waist

Reducing the waistline can be done through a number of methods that lead to relatively fast all-around weight loss and a flatter and more toned waistline. Reducing calorie intake while increasing low impact exercises is one of the best ways to tone the stomach and waist area, according to the Mayo Clinic. Trimming the waistline doesn’t have to involve a gym membership or expensive equipment, but may be achieved by exercising every day and focusing some of those workouts on the oblique abdominals, or the muscles along the side of the waist.

Walk the Love Handles Away

Get rid of love handles by walking every day. Walking is a great low impact exercise that helps trim the stomach and waist and helps burn all-over body fat levels, says the Mayo Clinic. Walk like you mean it though, as quickly as you can for 10 to 15 minutes to start. Increase your walk distance until you’re walking at least 30 to 45 minutes at a time for optimal benefits. Keep the abs sucked in and the buttocks pressed together as you walk.

Waist Twists

Standing with feet slightly wider than shoulder distance apart, extend the arms out toward the sides at shoulder level. Or, you can use a broom handle placed over the shoulders, hands gripping each end at shoulder level. Keeping the lower torso stable and facing forward, twist from right to left, trying to bring the end of the stick or your hand in front of the chest before starting in the opposite direction. Keep the abdominals pulled slightly inward and tight, focusing on the twisting motion that will deeply work the oblique muscles. Try for 50 twists, or 25 to each side. You can do this exercise several times a day.

Lying Bent Knee Twist

Lie on the floor on your back, arms extended out to your sides at shoulder level, palms flat on the floor. Bend the knees and lift them until the knees are situated above the hips. Holding in the abs, allow the knees to drop to the right, trying to touch the knees and outside of the thigh to the floor, suggests ExRx, an exercise prescription website. Pause for a second and then lift the legs, still bent with knees together, back above the hips. Extend the knees down to the floor on the other side, paying attention to keep the abs sucked in and the shoulders pressed to the floor. Repeat this exercise five times on each side.

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