Everyone knows that fat in the belly area can be very stubborn, thus it can stay around even though your arms and legs are all toned and beautiful. Did you know that fat located at the sides of your waist are just as pesky, too?

Here’s something that people who want to trim their waistline need to know: there is no such thing as spot elimination of fat. In other words, zapping fat only on certain areas of the body, such as the sides of waist, is something that is not going to happen.

This does not mean, however, that you should turn your back entirely on muscle-toning exercises that engage your waist. Even though it’s an established fact that they alone won’t make fat in the waistline go away, one should not overlook the fact that performing them on a regular basis makes the muscles in your waist toned.

And toning your waist muscles is a wonderful idea most especially if you are being pestered by unwanted fat at the sides of your waist. When those muscles are toned, your waist can look smaller and more flattering!

Definitely, performing cardiovascular exercises on a regular basis can help make fat at the sides of your waist as well as those that are found elsewhere — your lower abdomen, upper back, thighs, below the chin, etc. — go away. To melt fat in a specific area of the body, you also have to melt fat in other places at the same time.

Then there are also certain muscle-toning exercises that you should carry out in between cardio sessions to help you reach your goal, which is making the sides of your waist more attractive.

Here are some of the best at-home exercises for having the sides of your waist trimmed:

Side Bends

Grab a pair of lightweight dumbbells and let your arms fall on your sides. 

Your feet should be about shoulder-width apart. 

Slowly bend to your left. As you do so, ensure that you are engaging your core muscles — muscles in your midsection. Also, don’t forget to inhale. 

Hold the position for about a second while keeping your core muscles taut. 

Slowly go back to the starting position as you exhale. 

After about a second, bend to your right this time around. Go back to the starting position. Congrats! Everything is counted as a single repetition. 

Perform 3 sets of side bends, with each set consisting of 10 to 12 repetitions.

Wood Chops

Throughout this exercise, you need to grab a medicine ball with both of your hands. 

Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Twist your body to the left while placing the ball to the left side of your waist. Also, slightly take your left leg towards the side and bend your knee a little, making it appear like you are staggering. 

Engaging the core muscles and with lots of power, swing the medicine ball over to your right shoulder, as if you are gearing to chop a piece of wood — hence, the exercise’s name. 

Take the medicine ball once more to your left, again using your core muscles. 

Go back to the starting position, and then repeat everything on the other side — that’s one repetition. 

Perform 3 sets of wood chops, each one made up of 6 to 8 repetitions.

Mermaid

This exercise for trimming the sides of the waist is actually based on Pilates. 

Get started by lying on your left side. 

Have your upper body supported by your left elbow. Place your right hand on your right hip. 

Twist your lower body a little to ensure that you are resting on your butt cheek rather than hip bone.  

With your feet stacked together, take your hip off the floor. The goal is to take it high enough so that a straight line is formed from your neck to your feet.

 Go to the starting position. That’s one count. Do everything 10 to 12 times. 

Afterwards, flip to your other side and do everything all over again.

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