Turn your belly from flabby to flat with oblique twists

Published on: 22 March 2022, 10:38 am IST

We’ve got you a belly-blasting exercise that will help you tone the area, without straining it. Guys! make some noise for oblique twists.

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Say yay to oblique twists! Image courtesy: Shuetterstock
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Wondering why your abs aren’t all that bold and beautiful like others? Apart from all the possible reasons, there is another one which you might be ignoring for quite some time. Of course, if you are concerned about your fitness and of course, your bulging belly, you must know the importance of obliques aka side muscles. What we are trying to say is – if you continue ignoring this exercise, you can do as many crunches as you can, but you won’t be able to get the flat belly of your dreams.

Chillax gals! We are not just here to fuel your fire but to give you a viable solution as well. And the solution is pretty simple. All you have to include are some oblique twists in your routine and that’s it.

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This simple exercise for belly fat reduction will get you a flat tummy sooner! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Why are oblique twists recommended?

The foremost reason why you must include oblique twists in your routine is that it hits those integral areas on your sides and lower back, which crunches don’t. This doesn’t just help in toning muscles, but also helps to burn fat. But for that, you have to do them really very fast.

Beyond fitness, oblique twists also help to relieve muscle stiffness and lower back spasms. This is also one of the reasons why a lot of people run away from this exercise, because at times it can cause pain in stiff muscles. But once you make this a part of your routine, you will feel that your lower back has literally revived.

Your abdomen not just concentrates fat but it also retains a lot of water and if you don’t bring that area into motion, the constant accumulation can result in a bulging belly. That makes doing oblique twists a must.

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Nail this exercise and you’ll get that envious hourglass shape. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

How to do the oblique twist

  • Lie down on your back and spread your arms laterally on the sides.
  • Now, bend your knees towards your chest. Your thighs should be midway. It should neither be too close to your chest nor it should be too far away.
  • Now move your hips side to side.

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Pro tips: If you want to relax your muscles, first go slow. You can even hold the twist on one side to give yourself maximum stretch. For muscle spasm and lower back relaxation, 15 twists on each side and 4 to 5 sets of it are enough. Feel free to stop if you feel intense pain.

If you are looking for some major fat reduction, add speed to your twist and keep your core tight, while taking those twists. If this is your goal, nothing less than 100 twists on each side will do the magic. And you have to do at least 5 sets!

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to train your obliques with these simple yet effective twists.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.

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