• Deanne Pandey

Not Lovin’ your love handles? Here’s what to do!

Tis the season of love but it’s surely hard to love our love handles! As cute as it sounds, love handles refer to fat deposits and are very difficult to get rid of. Since the fat of love handles sits on the sides of the stomach, getting rid of it could be pretty challenging. Love handles lie on top of the obliques and require an altogether different set of exercises to shed. Being at home and spending most of the time sitting and working might lead to more fat deposition on them. No matter how much you exercise or what kind of diet you follow, it is difficult to make peace with the flab lurking from the sides of your waist. Many people believe that by losing belly fat they will able to lose the love handles, but that does not help at all. Love handles are specific groups of abdominal muscles and you have to target them precisely. However difficult love handles can be to deal with, they can be targeted through a series specific workouts.

Here are some exercises that will target these love handles and help your burn the fat deposits-

  1. Russian Twists: Sit on your butt on the ground with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Bend your torso back at a 45-degree angle. Now hold the dumbbell with both your hands and lift your feet slightly above the ground and cross them at the ankles. Balance your entire body on your butt. Twist your torso to the left side and try to touch the ground at the side of your body with your dumbbell. Next, twist your body to the right side to repeat the same.

  2. Bicycle crunches- Lie on your back on the ground with legs straight in front of you. Put your hands behind your head, but do not clasp them together. Lift your shoulders and upper back off the ground. Now bend your left knee and bring it towards the chest. At the same time, move your right elbow towards your left knee so that they meet in the middle of the body. Repeat the same with the other elbow and knee.

  3. One hand toe touch- Sit down comfortable on the ground with your legs out at shoulder length apart. Pull your right leg inside, so that the sole of the right leg is resting on the left inner thigh. Lift your right hand upward towards the ceiling and then slowly bend it down to touch the toes of your left leg. Hold the position for a few seconds then repeat the same with your other hand and leg.

  4. Kettlebell Swing- Stand on the ground with your legs shoulder-width apart from each other. Place the kettlebell on the floor in front of you between your feet. Slightly bend your knees and grasp the kettlebell from both your hands. Now, move it back between your legs to create momentum. Then straighten your back to move the kettlebell up to your shoulder level. Again move the bell between your legs bending your hips and knees.

  5. Side plank hip lift- Start with the side plank position with your elbow on the ground and your legs and hips resting on the ground. Make sure your body is in a straight line. Lift your entire body with your hand and feet resting on the ground. Bring your hip down, without letting it touch the floor. Bring it back up to the side plank position. Repeat the same on the other side.

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