If you’re trying to create or maintain your hourglass shape, it’s important that the exercises you perform are ones that keep your waist slim and enhance your posterior to emphasize your hourglass shape.
Here are 4 workout tips and 2 important diet strategies to maximize your waist training.
In order to burn fat, throw in a few days of cardio each week to help keep your body lean. Hop on the exercise bike, elliptical, or treadmill and vary the intensity that you’re doing. For example, if you’re on the treadmill, alternate two minutes of running with one minute of brisk walking.
Make sure that you include various abdominal exercises to help keep your tummy toned and your waist in shape. Side bends with weight plates, varied types of crunches (bicycle crunches, vertical crunches, and oblique crunches), planks, and pull ups (they work your core more than you think, and they keep your arms and upper back toned as well) are great workouts to help keep your waist in line. Here are 6 important lower ab exercises you should try immediately!
Although using a waist trainer in and of itself is not an exercise, it will help enhance your hourglass figure. It does so by promoting thermogenic activity which boosts your body heat to help you burn more than you would without wearing one, and it helps you keep your tummy tight during your exercises.
Legs and Glutes
Even though you’re trying to focus on keeping your waist slim to emphasize your hourglass figure, you can’t just focus on exercises that work your abdominal muscles. You should also be focusing on building your glutes to enhance your hourglass shape. Squats with a barbell, hip bridges, and donkey kicks will help build your booty and keep your legs lean and strong.
Now as we already know, exercise isn’t all that needs to be done to keep your body in the shape that you want. A lot of your physique is whipped up in the kitchen, so here are some things that you need to be incorporating into your diet.
Make sure to incorporate plenty of lean proteins into your meals. Proteins such as skinless chicken or turkey breasts, lean beef (such as a small steak with the excess fat trimmed off), and fish such as salmon are great ways to get your protein in. Here are 6 foods to eat while waist training.
Fruits and Veggies
You’ll also need to squeeze in plenty of fruits and vegetables. Green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach pack a huge nutrient boost and are very versatile. Low sugar fruits and vegetables like avocado, blueberries, grapefruits, squash, bell peppers, and eggplants are full of flavor and nutrients to add to your everyday meals. Remember, the more color you have on your plate, the better your meal will be for you.
Make sure that during the above exercises you keep your abdominal muscles tight, and if you’re ever unsure about how to complete an exercise, check YouTube for some easy to follow demonstrations. Pinterest also has some great healthy recipes that incorporate many of the foods mentioned above. Once you set your mind to it and make a plan for yourself to stick to, you’ll be able to maintain the figure that you want.
By: Kayla Harwick