One thing’s for sure- no one likes having love handles, i.e. excess fat on the sides of the torso. Getting rid of fat from this area can be as challenging as getting rid of belly fat. In a lot of situations, people think that abdominal workout will shed the surplus fat since love handles are located on the sides of the torso, near the abdomen. However, this is not completely true as this fat is located on the top of the obliques which is a specific group of abdominal muscles.
How to Target Love Handles Properly?
First, you need to start leading a healthier diet comprised of healthy foods.
Second, you need to do a 30-minute cardio exercise every other day. If you feel prepared, you can do the workout for 6 days in a row. Namely, a study done at Duke University showed that people who walk around half an hour 6 days per week didn’t gain any abdominal fat within a period of eight months.
Third, you need to try out the workout presented below because it targets the obliques and the rest of the core. You need to repeat the circuit 3 times. In no time, you will have toned upper body and no love handles!
Let’s take a look at the exercises now:
Take a hand weight in one hand and stand with the feet hip-width apart. The weight needs to be on the left leg. Then, take the weight in both hands up by the left shoulder and then twist to make a chopping motion down, towards the right hip. Allow the feet and knees to pivot with the twist and raise the weight back up to the left shoulder. Do 20 repetitions on each side.
Sit on the buttocks with the knees bent and the feet flat on the ground. Lean the torso back at a 45 degree angle from the floor. Hold a dumbbell with both hands and lift the feet from the ground. Cross them at the ankles and balance on the buttocks. Twist the torso to the right and touch the dumbbell to the ground and next to your body. Afterwards, twist back over to the left and touch the weight to the left side of the body. Repeat back and forth while balancing with the legs and torso off the ground.
Side plank hip lifts
Get into side plank position with the elbow on the ground and the legs and hips on the ground. Engage the abs and keep the body straight. Raise the lower half of the body up off the ground in a straight plank position. Lower down again and repeat. Do 15 repetitions on one side and 15 on the other.
Lie on the back with the knees bent and the hands behind the head. Don’t clasp the hands together. Engage the abs and lift the shoulders and upper back off of the ground and move the right elbow toward the left knee. They need to meet in the middle of the body. Afterwards, bring the left elbow to the right knee and continue as quickly as possible with the torso raised up off the ground.