Exercises to Get Rid of Love Handles
If you have love handles (they are the flabby bits on the sides of your abs), you may be thinking that they need different treatment to your normal ab workout.
Although you can use the same exercises to get rid of love handles that you use for the rest of your ab workout, there are exercises that emphasize the sides of your abs. This is the key area you are targeting. The main thing to remember though, is that love handles indicates too much body fat. You can't expect to get rid of love handles without losing some body fat. Once you start losing body fat, you'll lose your love handles fast!
Oh, by the way, there is a technical term for love handles. They are called "Obliques". Well to be precise, obliques are the things underneath your love handles! When you lose your love handles, you expose your obliques. These are the muscles to the sides of your abdominals.
Losing body fat is the best way to get rid of love handles. Actually, it's the only way to get rid of them.
You should integrate regular aerobic fitness into your workout routine. Go for low-intensity and long duration. For example, go for a long run or bike ride every other day. Treadmills or stationary bikes are a convenient way to do this. If you prefer, instead of running, you could go for a long walk. Walking can burn just as much fat as running.
Be sure that your food intake is low in fat. Fat is the number 1 ingredient for your love handles! Eat plenty of fresh fruit and drink plenty of water. Eat food that's high in protein and fibre.
For more information about low fat food, see Foods That Burn Fat.
To find out if you need to lose weight, check out the Ideal Body Weight Chart.
Tone those Obliques!
Here are some exercises that will tone your oblique muscles. Once you start lowering your body fat (and removing those love handles), you (and others) will really notice the benefits of these exercises!
- Trunk Twist (3 sets of 10 - 15 reps per side)
- Lying Twist (3 sets of 10 reps per side)
- Lying Leg Raise (3 sets of 10 reps per side)
- Oblique Crunch (3 sets of 10 per side)
Once you become comfortable with these exercises, feel free to perform more repetitions per set. For example, when you can perform 3 sets of 10 oblique crunches easily, try 3 sets of 15 per side, or even 3 sets of 20)
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