Want to know why your abs aren’t as bold and beautiful as others? In addition to all the possible reasons, there is another one that you may have been ignoring for some time. Of course, if you are concerned about your fitness and of course your bulging belly, you should know the importance of the obliques, otherwise known as the lateral muscles. What we’re trying to say is – if you keep ignoring this exercise, you can do as many sit-ups as you can, but you won’t get the flat stomach of your dreams.
Calm down girls! We are not just here to fuel your fire, but also to provide you with a viable solution. And the solution is quite simple. All you need to include is a few oblique twists in your routine and that’s it.
Why are oblique twists recommended?
The main reason you should include oblique twists in your routine is that it targets the integral areas on your sides and lower back, which crunches don’t. Not only does this help to tone your muscles, it also helps you burn fat. But for that, you have to do them really fast.
In addition to fitness, oblique twists also help relieve muscle stiffness and back spasms. This is also one of the reasons why many people shy away from this exercise as it can sometimes cause stiff muscles aches. But once you make it part of your routine, you’ll feel like your lower back has literally revived.
Not only does your abdomen hold fat, it also retains a lot of water and if you don’t get that area moving, the constant buildup can result in a bulging belly. This makes doing oblique twists a must.
How to do the oblique twist
- Lie on your back and spread your arms sideways at your sides.
- Now, bend your knees towards your chest. Your thighs should be halfway up. It shouldn’t be too close to the chest or too far away.
- Now move your hips from side to side.
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Professional Tips: If you want to relax your muscles, go slow first. You can even hold the twist on one side for maximum stretch. For muscle spasms and lower back relaxation, 15 twists on each side and 4 to 5 sets are sufficient. Feel free to stop if you experience severe pain.
If you’re looking for a big fat reduction, add speed to your twist and keep your core tight while doing these twists. If this is your goal, no less than 100 twists on each side will do the magic. And you have to make at least 5 sets!
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to train your obliques with these simple yet effective twists.