7 Exercises to Lose Your Love Handles
The name may sound endearing but in reality, there is nothing really endearing about sporting love handles. Here are some simple exercises to lose those love handles.
1. Side plank hip lifts
Lie down on your side with elbow on the ground and legs and hips resting on the ground. Lie down in a straight line. With focus and work on your abs, raise your lower torso off the ground in a straight plank position. Hold for a few seconds and lower back to original position. Repeat this on both sides. Begin with 10 counts and gradually increase up to 20 counts for better results.
2. The block, stoop and rotate exercise
Take a block of wood or similar object in your left hand. Keep your feet apart and turn your body to the right. Bend and place the block on the floor between your feet. Put your right hand up while inhaling and turn your body to the right. Make sure your hips are straight. Look straight up at your right hand as you rotate your spine while taking a deep breath. Repeat on the other side. Gradually increase counts.
3. The dancing twist
This is an easy and fun way to melt those love handles. Play your favorite song. Stand with your feet together. Keep your arms bent at the elbows in front of your chest. Take a step to the left and twist your waist also to the left. Bring the other foot backwards and untwist torso back to the center. Repeat on the other side and continue stepping and twisting for some rhythmic movements. Repeat movements for the entire song.
4. Russian Twists
Sit with knees bent and both feet placed flat on the ground. Pull your torso back to 45 degree angle. Get comfortable and contract your abdominal muscles. Stretch arms in front of you and twist your body from one side to another. If you want to feel higher intensity, lift feet off the floor while doing the exercise. Repeat and increase counts gradually.