4. Start Working Out Daily
If you want that hourglass figure as soon as possible, developing regular workout habits is a necessity.
Your new workout routine should include several different types of activities. For an hourglass figure, you should focus on weight training, cardio, and abdominal exercises.
Weight training: You should choose exercises that work the muscle in your thighs, hips, butt, back, shoulders, and chest, such as step-ups, lunges, squats, bent-over rows, bench presses, and shoulder presses.
You should only be able to do 8 to 12 repetitions of each exercise – if you can do more comfortably, then you need heavier weights. Do 4 to 5 sets of each of these exercises three times a week, and alternate these workouts with cardio workouts.
Cardio: Your cardio workouts should be interval workouts – they should alternate between low- and high-intensity activities every couple of minutes within an overall workout period of 45 minutes.
Some activities to consider are indoor cycling, elliptical training, running, dancing, jumping rope, rowing, and step aerobics. Do these workouts on the days when you aren't doing weight training.
Abdominal Exercises: Use exercises such as Russian twists, V-ups, incline and reverse crunches, bicycle maneuvers, and alternating leg raises to give all your abdominal muscles – your obliques, lower abs, and upper abs – a good workout.
Do three or four sets of these exercises with 15-20 reps per set, right after each interval-training workout.