Are you envious of the body shapes of Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty, Scarlett Johansson and Kelly Brook? Looking at the ongoing desirability of hourglass figure it is no wonder that these celebrities are so admired and looked up to. Many crave for their curves but are not ready to work hard to achieve that. These ‘perfect-figure’ celebrities give in to the pressure and demands of becoming stick-thin, and thats the reason they are able to maintain their figures.
If you are wondering about the prerequisites to attain hourglass body shape then let me tell you there are none. It all depends how sincere you are and how much effort you put into exercise to attain this most sought after body shape. Here are a couple of exercises for an hourglass figure.
Start your exercise regimen after a 5 – 10 minutes warm up that should include running, jumping or cycling. After that do the following exercises for 5 days a week and let others gauge the results 😉
1) Side bends with weights:
Take 2 dumbbells of 2 kg weight. Stand with your arms straight, your legs apart almost parallel to your shoulders. Bend to the left side without twisting your upper body and go as down as you can, lowering the weight towards your left knee. Repeat the same exercise on right side. Do 60 repetitions of this exercise in one round i.e. 3 rounds of 20 repetitions each. This exercise tones your lower side muscles and helps in burning excessive fat.
2) Side stretching:
Stand straight with your legs apart. Raise you left arm straight and bend to the right side, without twisting your upper body, and go as down as you can towards. Stay in this position for 10 seconds. Repeat the same exercise on right side. Do 60 repetitions of this exercise in one round i.e. 3 rounds of 20 repetitions each. This exercise tones the muscles which extend from the back waist to the armpit.
3) Side stretching with bar:
Take a rod and stand straight with your legs apart, parallel to your shoulders. Put the rod on your shoulders. Bend to the left side without twisting your upper body and go as down as you can, lowering the rod towards your left side. Stay in that position for 10 seconds. Repeat the same exercise on right side. Do 60 repetitions of this exercise in one round i.e. 3 rounds of 20 repetitions each. This exercise stretches your side muscles and helps in burning of excessive side fat.
4) Boat exercise:
Lie down on the floor with your arms and legs parallel to the floor. Slowly, start lifting your legs upwards at 45 degree angle to the floor, without bending them. Now, slowly lift your torso upwards, your arms in the air but parallel to the floor. Your lower back is important in this exercise so make sure that it remains straight. Stay in this position for 15 seconds and repeat this exercise 5 times. This exercise strengthens the belly muscles, the legs and the lower back. Also, it is a great stress reliever and improves digestion.
Lie with your face down on the floor. Start lifting your body upwards with elbows parallel to the shoulders. Keep your back and legs straight, putting entire body weight on your toes and elbows. Stay in this position for 1 minute. Repeat this exercise 3 times. This exercise stretches your abdominal muscles and strengthens midsection, upper-body and lower-body muscles along the front of your body.
If you are disciplined and are able to stick to the workout regimen then you will get an hourglass figure over time
Stay Fit, Stay Happy !