3 Exercises For Love Handles

Exercises that can eliminate love handles

What are love handles? These are the rolls of fat that can be grabbed around the waistline which are frustratingly difficult to get rid of and extremely unsightly, so how do we get rid of them?

I remember years ago reading an old book about Arnold Schwarzenneger (don’t remember the exact name). Towards the back of the book, he gave a brief overview of his training and exercise regimen, one of the things he mentioned he did before or after a workout was standing twists.

These not only helped him warm up before a workout, but they also helped give him more flexibility, without a doubt Arnold had a great looking body and for his stature a relatively narrow waist.

Standing twists is one of just a few exercises I have adapted to my daily workouts routine and they seem to help break up the fat around my waist area. I know, there is no such thing as spot reduction, but it has been my experience that they do help you warm up and may prevent excess fat buildup around the waist.

Twists are not the only exercises women can do to reduce love handles, there are others.

First and foremost I should mention that in order to eliminate those love handles a proper diet is important in order to prevent storing so much fat, secondly, we need to begin burning the fat already thereby utilizing a full-body workout routine and finally, we’ll perform exercises for love handles that build and tone the muscles around our waist ensuring that once the fat is gone, our midriff has a tighter, flatter and firmer appearance.

Be aware that you cannot spot reduce love handles, ie. selectively burn fat from your stomach area, you’ll need to lose all over body weight to downsize your waistline but here are 3 superb exercises for love handles that can be used as part of a routine or individually and can be conveniently used at home for women who are too busy for the gym! Performing these exercises for love handles is a sure-fire way to shape up nicely.

1. Russian Twist Exercise

Sit on the floor, bench, or swiss ball with knees bent and feet together. Place your hands together and in front of your stomach, then lean back so you feel your abdominals contract.

Slowly rotate the torso to the right as far as comfortable – focus on rotating your entire upper body and pause when you reach the full rotation all the while keeping your abs contracted. Return to the start position and repeat on the left side of your body. Constantly switch sides until you have completed all reps.

Reps: 6-16 Sets: 2-3

2. Side Bridge (Side Plank)

Lie on your left side then lift your body from the ground balancing on one forearm and the side of your left foot. Be sure to contract your abdominal muscles and relax your shoulders and lower back.

Breathe slowly and hold the position making sure that your hips don’t sink towards the floor. Once you have finished your allotted time, switch to the other side.

Reps: 6-16 Sets: 3-4

3. Slow Bicycles

For the final exercise for love, handles begin by lying on your back with your left knee bent towards your chest and your right leg extended a small distance from the floor. Put your hands gently behind your head to support it but don’t pull.

Lift your head, neck, and shoulders up and rotate your middle so that your elbow points at your left knee. Hold this position for a few seconds and then carefully rotate to the other side by bending your right knee and extending your left leg, moving your left elbow towards your right knee. Once again hold this position for a few seconds before repeating rotations.

Reps: 6-12 Sets: 2-3

Each of these exercises for love handles will firm up your waistline but will not add bulk, they are considered core exercises and will help with your posture and reduce back pain. If you get pain in your neck or lower back whilst performing any of these exercises for love handles stop right away and don’t over-do it!

Completing these exercises 2-3 times per week is absolutely enough to see significant toning results within a short space of time – very soon you’ll tone up your tummy!

Final thoughts

There is no excuse for not trying out the exercises for at least a few weeks, they can be done in the comfort of your own home. Not only will the help trim down your waste they will also target your abdominal muscles and make your core stronger.

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