It’s a love-hate relationship. Or a hate-love relationship. We hate our love handles! That extra stomach fat can crop up seemingly out of nowhere, especially if you’ve just had kids or are dealing with menopause. And while you may spend a moment or two analyzing how those love handles got there, you probably spend more time trying to get rid of them. Fortunately, there are plenty of practical things you can do to get rid of Love handles fat, including the nine exercises below.
Before we get to the Lose Your Love Handles workout though, let’s run through a few other ways to get rid of extra belly fat.
1. Side Plank Crunches
- Lie on your right side and prop yourself up up on your elbow, raising your hips so that your body is straight from head to heels.
- Extend your left arm straight over your head, and lift your left foot a few inches. This is the starting position.
- Crunch your abs and bring your left elbow and knee together. Hold for a count of two.
- Return to the starting position. Do 12 reps, switch sides, and repeat.
2. Side Plank Lift and Lower
- Come into a side forearm plank by lying in one long line on one side stacking your elbow under your shoulder and keeping your forearm on mat perpendicular to your body.
- Stack your feet and stay in one long line as you engage your core and lift your hips up forming a side forearm plank.
- Dip your hips down towards the mat and lift back up using your obliques and core muscles.
- Perform 12 times on the right side and 12 times on the left side.
3. Russian Twist
- Start seated with knees bent and feet flat on the floor and holding both hands in front of chest (a dumbbell is optional).
- Keeping the spine long and the abdominals tight, lean back slightly and lift the feet a few inches off the floor. (To modify, keep the feet on the floor.)
- Slowly twist the torso to the left and bring the hands beside the left hip. Return to center, and then slowly twist to the right and bring the hands beside the right hip to complete one rotation.
- Complete 12 full rotations. (That’s 24 twists!)