Crunches are the most popular type of waist shaping exercise and help you get rid of the unpleasant belly fat, which is why most people perform intense series of crunches hoping they will manage to get a nice six-pack. If crunches don’t work with you, we will show you 5 core exercises that are better than crunches and will give you great results in shaping your waist.
- Set a yoga mat and place your forearms and the tips of your toes on the ground with your body standing in a straight position and your shoulders aligned to your forearms. In slow motions, draw your abdomen towards the spine by lifting your hips up while inhaling. In exhaling, return to the initial position. Complete series of 20 before relaxing for one minute so you will allow your muscles to rest.
- This exercise implies the same standing position as the previous, with your forearms on the ground aligned with your shoulders and the toes sustaining your body. From this position, rotate your body so you will touch the ground with your right hip, then return to the straight position and touch the ground with your left hip. Make sure your hips don’t rise above your shoulder’s height. Alternate the hips in series of 20 then rest a little before continuing with another series.
- For this exercise, sit on your back with your legs straight and the feet flexed and keep your arms by your sides with the palms facing down. Press the palms onto the ground as you lift your legs up toward the ceiling, as straight as you can. When your ankles reach the line of your hips, keep the legs in that position for a few seconds then lower the legs towards the floor without touching the floor with your heels. Repeat the exercise 20 times then relax your body.
- Lie down in a push-up position with both hands on the ground under your shoulders and the legs fully extended and spread. Bring your right knee toward your navel and hold it in that position then swing your leg to the right as hard as you can. While allowing your knee to swing back, let it pass toward your left hip so it can get to the starting position. Make sure your body remains stable and that only your leg moves and repeat the exercise 20 times.
- Sit on a side supporting your body on your forearm and the side of your foot with the body in a straight position. Easily lift your hip so you will have enough space to rotate your body and slip your other hand towards the ground like you would embrace your core. When you get back to the original position, don’t touch the ground with your hip and continue doing the exercise for another 20 times.