Exercise to tone the External Abdominal Obliques

Losing weight is not just about losing your belly fat. Unless the whole body is toned, there is no point exercising. This is because the muscles in different areas of the body need to be toned to achieve the perfect body.

The external oblique plays an important role in making a person look fit. Unless you perform special exercise for these muscles, they form “love handles” that are difficult to get rid of later in life.

Here are some of the exercises that you can try to tone the external abdominal oblique muscles:

Exercises to include in an External Abdominal Oblique Workout

Cardio Exercises

This is the basic exercise one should start with before moving to muscle toning. Cardio exercises constitute running, swimming and workouts with rope. It is essential to do these exercises before you start weight or muscle training for various reasons.

Firstly, it helps burn the fat in your body, and secondly, it helps you warm up before the muscle routine. If you have a lot of fat around the top area of your body, doing only a muscle routine will not help you tone your body.

Experts suggest that a half hour of cardio each day is sufficient to warm up the body, following which one can start on the muscle workouts.

Bicycle Crunch

Bicycle crunches are considered to be very effective to reduce the love handles. To do this exercise, lie on your back and place your fingers behind the head. Now bring your knees near the upper end of your body and slightly lift your shoulder up, holding your core muscles tight at the same time.

Move the right elbow towards the left knee and stretch your right leg out. Now switch legs, this time touching the left elbow to the right knee and at the same time, straightening your left leg out. Repeat this in 2 sets consisting of 20 repetitions. It is advisable to concentrate on a variety of workouts rather than concentrate on just one.

Hula Hoop

To do this exercise, you need a hula hoop. This can be done by individuals of all age groups, as it does not require any special equipment and can be done while watching TV or in an outdoor setting as well. To do this exercise, you need to rotate the hoop around your waist and keep it moving.

Olympic Bar Rotations

Beginners start this exercise using Olympic bars. Place this bar over your shoulder and place your hands on it to balance yourself. Then slowly rotate your upper body from side to side to work out your external abdominal obliques. This can be done in 2 sets of 50 repetitions each. To make his exercise more challenging, experts also advise using a bar with light weights.

Quick Squats

This exercise is very common with Indian wrestlers and is a good way to tone various muscle including the butt, abs, sides, and leg muscles. In order to do this exercise, stand with your legs shoulder width apart. With your hands at the side, sit and stand up quickly and try to touch the ground with your fingers every time you sit down. Do this 50 times in 5 minutes and then slowly build your stamina and do it for double the time.

Side Leg Lifts

To do this exercise, lie down on your side and raise your leg high and hold it for a few seconds. Lower the leg and do 20 repetitions. Switch sides and do the same for the other leg. This exercise is especially favourable for women because it is not only good for external oblique muscles, but also helps tone the outer thighs.

An ideal exercise routine consists of cardiovascular exercises along with the exercises mentioned above. This gives the person an overall toning of the body and makes him/her look good.