Oblique muscles not only help thin out the mid section area to give you a slimmer look but they also support lower back and thus alleviates back pain and enhances posture. Best oblique exercises consist some basic movements that stretch and shape up these muscles to give your abs a perfect and beautiful frame. Some of them are:

Oblique Static Holds: Oblique static holds are a simple movement that can provide excellent toning. Lay on one side with your back straight. Then prop yourself up on the arm that is against the ground, positioning your legs straight out, one on top of the other. Hold this position for thirty seconds and then release. As you master this move and your obliques get stronger, increase the amount of time that you hold them.

Side Planks With Knee Pull: To do a side plank with knee pull, go into a sideplank, stack your feet one in front of the other. Draw the back leg up towards the chest, crossing it briefly into the front. Then return the bottom leg to its original position. Repeat this several times on each side.

Decline Russian Twists: Position your body on a decline bench so that you are leaning backwards with your feet facing up under the foot pad. Lift yourself up from the bench so that your core muscles are engaged. From this position you will twist your body to the left and to the right, for a given number of repetitions.

Full Contact Twists: Position the bar for some free weights in the corner of the room. Then place one hand on top of the other at the top of this free weight bar, holding it up in front of you at an angle. Turn your body first to the left, bending down through the knees and drawing the bar down with you. Then pivot to the right, bending your knees and bringing the bar around in a kind of arc.

Physio-ball Step Offs: To do a physioball step off, you will need a large inflated exercise ball. Begin by balancing yourself with both feet on top of the ball and your hands on the floor, arms extended. Then take one leg and bring it down off the ball, letting it touch the floor on that side of the exercise ball. Lift that leg back up onto the ball and repeat the exercise on the other side. This exercise can be done in sets of twenty reps, several times.


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