Summer’s already here, it’s already sweltering outside, and you’ve already tried it all: the crunches, the sit-ups, even the waist-trainer everyone’s talking about. And still, that belly bulge won’t budge. I mean, you love your love handles, but a little less of them won’t hurt when you have to squeeze into your swimsuit. You’re doing the work; why aren’t you seeing the results?
Well, sometimes that stubborn midsection needs a little more than the everyday exercises to slim out. Here’s a list of five exercises you may not have considered that may help you tighten your abs and get you ready to hit the shore in no time.
No, it’s not just your kids’ favorite after-school pastime. Hula hooping not only burns a ton of calories, but the activity also makes for a killer oblique work out. To amp it up even more, try squatting while hula hooping. Besides it being an impressive party trick, you’ll also be toning both your torso and your thighs.
Dancing for exercise is a brilliant way to work out without even realizing you’re exercising. Try belly dancing. It’s an exercise that engages almost every muscle in the core and can help to shred out your midsection. Throw on a shimmy skirt and give this 10-minute workout a try: you won’t even realize how many calories you’ve burned by the end of the dance.
Throwing a few good punches a day (to the air or to a punching bag, mind you) not only does wonders for anger management but can really carve out your core. Doing a combination of punches, hooks, lifts and kicks can burn major calories and tone the midsection. Plus, it’s a fantastic method for relieving anxiety and stress; you’ll sucker punch that negativity right out of you.
Doing the limbo
Now you can not only blow your limbo competitors out of the park at your next family gathering, but you can sculpt your tummy while doing it. With this dynamic exercise, what aren’t you working? You’re engaging your shoulders, your back, your booty and your abs. Just be mindful of your limitations while you bend to protect your lower back.
Chores around the house
We all have to do it; why not kill two birds with one stone and tighten your core while cleaning the countertops? You can work your core simply by being mindful about your midsection. Contracting your abs and booty during everyday tasks, such as walking or cleaning, can actually have a significant impact on abdominal strength. Who knew it was that easy?