The American Heart Association recommends doing what you can to keep your waist circumference to no more than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women. Are you within the recommendations? Check today. To size up your waist circumference, wrap a measuring tape around your middle, just above your navel.
If your waist is larger than it should be, don’t think doing dozens of crunches alone will solve the problem. That’s a myth. You can’t whittle your middle just with targeted exercises. But an aerobic workout, such as walking, jogging, and running, can help burn calories and dissolve fat all over, including your midsection.
Also try this core exercise to help firm the underlying muscle, give you a solid center, and improve muscle definition—no crunches required.
Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. Extend both arms out to your sides, forming a T, with your palms facing up. Exhale, engage your abdominal muscles, and push your lower back into the floor so that all of your back is touching. Hold this position for several seconds. Next, inhale and arch your back while keeping your hips and tailbone on the floor. Hold for several seconds. Return to your starting position and repeat.