How Do I Tone My Waist?

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Toning the waist area requires losing fat through cardiovascular exercise as well as building up abdominal muscles through crunches, sit-ups and core-strengthening. Tone down the waist region of the body with exercise advice from a gymnastics teacher in this free video on physical fitness.

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Hello, my name is Virginia Kelley, and I'm here at Encore Gymnastics, and I'm going to give you some tips on how to tone your waist. There are two things you want to take into consideration when you're working on your waist to get it toned, is the fat that you have around your waist, as well as the muscles that you have in your waist. What you want to do is work to get the fat toned down, and get those muscles toned up. So, you're going to want to focus on a cardio activity that you do about half an hour a day, and that will bring your fat content down. So, find out whatever that works for you... jumping rope, going jogging, jumping jacks... hula hooping is very good, because you're also toning your waist at the same time. But find an activity of cardio for about half an hour per day, and that will get your waist slimming down. And then once you have your waist slimmed down, you also want to make sure that the muscles underneath are toned as well. So, taking a couple of muscle... a couple of activities that you work for your muscle each day, and working those muscles will tone your waist. You want to make sure that you work your upper abdominals, your lower abdominals, as well as your obliques, and that will help tone your waist. A couple of exercises you can do for your upper and lower abdomens, and your obliques... you've got little crunches. When you do your crunches you want to make sure that your back is flat on the floor, and when you crunch up, just come high enough that your shoulder blades come off the ground, and reach your chin to the ceiling. If you pull in, you're not going to get quite the same stretch or exercise that you will as if you keep your chin up, and keep your back flat, chin to the ceiling, and shoulder blades off the ground. It's a very small movement, but it's very effective. You can also do the lower abdominals. Lift up... up... it's a very small movement. You don't want to come forward like this, you want to shoot your toes up to the ceiling. That will isolate your lower abdomens. And for your obliques, just little side to side movements like this, or crossing over, those will work your obliques. So, when you are working on toning your waist, you want to make sure that you have your cardio activity in, and then work on your muscles, and before you know it, you will have a nice, toned waist.

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