Everyone wants their love handles and muffin tops to magically disappear. Unfortunately the world is cruel, and it doesn’t really work that way, or we’d all be supermodels. The biggest problem with love handles is that you have to take care of what you eat and of course, you also have to work out. You know the saying, “abs are made in the kitchen”? Well, it is most certainly true. To keep the love handles and tummy fat at bay, you need to follow a well-balanced diet, which is nutritious and healthy. Along with that, you need to ensure that you exercise your abdominal and oblique muscles.
Here are 9 exercises to help you get started. These routines target those problem areas and help you get rid of those annoying love handles. So get those gym clothes on and let’s get started! Oh, and remember to inhale and exhale at the right moments otherwise you’ll be out of breath a lot sooner than you want.
For this exercise you have to start by lying flat on your back. Your legs should be straight and extended along with your arms, but upwards past your head. At the same time lift your upper body and legs upwards, as if you’re about to touch your feet. Once you do this you can come back down, but keep in mind that your legs and back should always be straight. As the name suggests, your body needs to make a V formation, not a C formation. Keep this going for 1 whole minute and do as many as you can.
2) Plank Hip Twists
It’s no joke how popular the plank exercise is. It is because the benefits are easily noticeable. Straight plank, side plank, and other plank – they all are very helpful. However, have you tried the plank hip twist? In order to do this exercise you first have to get into the plank position. Ensure your back is straight. Then turn your right hip towards the side, but so that it touches the ground. This movement required you to twist inwards – towards the floor beneath you.
3) Plank Pendulum
Here’s another popular plank exercise. Get into the plank position and ensure your arms are in line with your shoulders. While keeping your leg straight, lift it up and move it towards the side (right side if right leg) and then move it back into position. Do the same with the opposite leg. This should be similar to a pendulum movement.
4) Table Top Side Kicks
This may seem a little confusing, so read closely. First, get down on all fours while ensuring your back is straight and your hands are in line with your shoulders. Then lift your right leg (or whichever leg you want to start with) and take it behind your left leg, as if you’re kicking towards the other side. Also, try and touch your toe to the floor. Then lift your leg again and now kick it towards the other side. For extra effectiveness, lift your leg as high and forward as you can. Do as many as possible in 30 seconds and another 30 seconds when you switch legs.
5) Medicine Ball Wood Chops
For this exercise, you have to stand tall with your feet a shoulder width apart. Take a medicine ball and hold it above your head, then bring it downwards in a wood chopping motion towards the opposite hip. While doing this ensure your rotate your oblique muscles. Do this 15 times for each side.
Let us know if these 5 exercises helped you reduce that fat? Tell us about your progress below. Help motivate other moms!
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