Do you want the skinny on how to slim down your waistline? The midsection often feels like one of the most challenging body parts to tone. One poor dietary decision and your belly bloats and bulges. And although it's impossible to crunch your way to six-pack abs (only a proper diet will help you achieve that goal), you can lose inches around your waist with exercises that burn calories and strengthen your core.

Feel confident in your swimsuit this summer with the following waist-whittling moves:

Plank taps

  • Start in a plank position with hands aligned below shoulders.
  • Slowly elevate your right arm to tap the front of your left shoulder, then return to the starting position. Repeat with your left arm. Avoid rocking at the hips by keeping your core muscles engaged. Continue this sequence for 30 total repetitions.

Side plank twist

  • Begin in a left side plank position with your left elbow aligned below your shoulder and right hand positioned behind your head.
  • Rotate your torso to bring your right elbow down toward left hand. Complete 12 to 15 repetitions, then repeat in a right side plank position. 

Downward dog taps

  • Position your body in a downward dog pose with your fingers spread wide and your arms shoulder-width apart.
  • Carefully lift your right hand and bring it back toward your left foot to tap your toe, if possible. Return to the starting position and complete the same movement on the opposite side, bringing your left hand toward your right toe. (If you have difficulty touching your foot, bring your hand as close as possible.) Complete 30 total repetitions.

Weighted V-up

  • Using a medicine ball or free weight, lie on your back with your hands extended above your chest and legs elevated, forming a 90-degree angle at your hips.
  • Stabilize your core muscles, relax your neck, and pull your torso and hips off the floor as you bring the weight up toward your toes to form a "V." Hold for one breath, then return to the starting position. Repeat 10 to 12 times.

For best results, repeat this circuit three to five times.

Ashley B. Greenblatt is a certified personal trainer and wellness coach. To learn more, visit