Post # 1
What are some of your favorite waist toning moves? I’m not overweight but unfortunately I was blessed with an athletic box-like body shape – my waist is 27″ and my hips are 34″! I don’t want to lose my hips but i’d like to tone that middle region so I have some semblance of a waist and look more proportional. Any tips?
Post # 3
Ab work is half the battle, but diet and cardio really make the difference. I love a lot of the pilates style ab workouts to get the whole trunk/core toned (rather than just ‘plain crunches’). And even though you look ridiculous, I love the 80’s aerobics move with your feet on the stair, your back on ground and HIP THRUST/curls. Tones the lower abs like crazy (although you look like some weirdo sex fiend humping the air)!
However, you can have the tightest abs in the world, but without the right diet (no bloat/water retention) and cardio to burn off that fat on top of the muscle, they’ll stay your own secret for the most part :-/ Sucky, becuase I generally hate cardio.
Post # 4
Try YouTube-ing Firm Parts, 5 day Abs. It’s pretty old school but works better than anything else I’ve ever tried.
Post # 5
Marking my spot here so I can come back and read everyone’s ideas.
My whole middle section is a big blob right now!
Post # 6
Indibee is totally right. Diet, cardio, and pilates. These are the keys to a toned midsection.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Ab work should focus on integrated exercise, so skip the crunches and start doing plank work!
Post # 8
I recently changed up my cardio routine to do shorter times on several machines (treadmill, arc trainer, elliptical) and switch it up throughout the week. That worked the best for toning up my mid-section. I do some targeted ab work on the machines at the gym about 2-4 times/week but the cardio is where I saw faster results. Also I use My Fitness Pal to track my food/drink intake.
Post # 9
I have the same body type as you! I find that when I gain weight, it goes to my stomach first, so it’s hard for me to get a stomach that I’m satisfied with. I can’t run much anymore since I hurt my knees, but cardio in general is the best for me when I want a great stomach, especially swimming!
I recently signed up at the local YMCA so I can take advantage of their indoor pool all year round. Good luck on your fitness journey! 🙂
Post # 10
Sit ups,cross over sit ups, Crunches,pilates,weight machines which target this area. Squeeze your stomach muscles in all the time.. My man does crunches on jungle gyms and from door frames. 🙂 Good luck x
Post # 11