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 belly fat, including the five 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.
Start your full body workout with a set of dynamic warm up exercises.
Medicine Ball High To Low Chop
A) Stand with feet hip width apart holding ball in two hands up over right shoulder.
B) Bend knees and lower body into squat position as you pull the ball down toward left ankle.
C) As you stand back up, reach the ball back up over right shoulder. Repeat for desired number of repetitions and switch sides.
Perform 12 reps on each side.
A) 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.)
B) 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!)
Side Plank Lift and Lower
A) 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.
B) 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.
A) Lie on your stomach with the legs and arms extended. Engage your abdominals so you feel your transverse abdominis contract.
B) Lift your arms and legs off the floor and keep your nose in a hover above the mat. Flutter your arms and legs, moving from the hips and shoulders (not the knees and elbows). Like your swimming. Inhale for 4 counts, exhale for 4 counts.
Perform exercise for 30 seconds.
Oblique Crunch with Long Legs
A) Start lying on side in one long line, shoulder stacked over elbow and on forearm. Swing your legs forward and lean back on glutes slightly (like your sitting on the back pocket of your blue jeans) and lift legs off the mat on the diagonal, extend top arm long.
B) Contract your core as you reach your toes up to your hand. Then lower legs and lift arm to return to start. Remember to repeat on the other side.