Love handles or muffin tops, they are never what we can come to peace with. No wonder, the moment we start exercising, the first thing that we aim for is this. It can be tricky to get rid of love handles but we spell it out for you.
These simple exercises to lose love handles are sure to help you out with the problem and the results will be there for you. And you know what the best part is? It is just not the love handle you are working at. You are indirectly targeting your abs, as well.
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However, you must remember that your diet has a huge impact on your results too. So be careful with what you eat and increase your water intake. Also, apart from these workouts to get rid of love handles, you should also do a cardio workout which can really speed up the process. So include a 30-minute brisk walk to your schedule.
Apart from the exercises mentioned here, you can do squats, push-ups, crunches to work on them too.
So let's get started with best exercises for love handles.
Oblique Reach and Press
Get hold of a dumbbell for this exercise.
Step 1: Start off by kneeling on your right knee. Keep your left leg on the floor such that it forms a 45 degree with the floor. Flex your core and keep your back straight.
Step 2: Now hold your dumbbell in your left hand and straighten your arm towards the ceiling. Bend it at a right angle. Keep your right hand on the floor, while bending your body to the right. Hold this position for 2 seconds and return.
Do 2 sets of 10 on each side. Be very careful with the posture.
Next up: Woodchoppers
You will need your dumbbells for this as well.
Step 1: Stand straight with your legs apart. Hold the dumbbell in both hands and lift it over your right shoulder.
Step 2: Then twist, so as to make a chopping motion smoothly, towards your left hip.
Your feet and knees must rotate slightly as you twist.
Now pull the weight back up and do 2 sets of 15 each. Repeat the same for the other side.
Next up: Bird Dog Crunches
Bird Dog Crunches
Step 1: Get on the ground with your knees and palms on the floor.
Step 2: Now, extend your left arm in front of you and your right leg behind you. Try and maintain your balance and stay for 2 seconds.
Step 3: Now, bring your extended arms and legs towards your core and try to touch your knee with your elbow under you, pause for a second and extend.
Do 2 sets of 10 reps each. You need to do the same for the other side as well.
Next up: Bicycle Crunches
Step 1: First, lie down on the ground. Now raise your legs to make a 90 degree with the floor.
Step 2: Keep your hands behind your head, extend both legs out and keep it about 7 inches away from the ground.
Step 3: Now, bring your elbow to the knee of the opposite leg by bending it towards your core. While you do this, extend the other leg out.
Repeat with the other side. The movement will be similar to cycling.
Be sure that you twist your stomach through the process. In case you do not maintain the correct posture, you can end up hurting your neck.
Do 2 sets of 15 reps of each leg. You can take a 15 seconds break in the middle of both the sets.
Next up: Russian Twists
Step 1: Sit on the ground. Keep your back straight and extend your feet in front.
Step 2: Slightly bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the ground.
Step 3: Bend back a little without slouching. Hold dumbbells in your hand and twist your body. First twist to the left and then to the right.
Once you do this 10 times on each side. Come back to the initial position.
Do 2 sets of this exercise and take 10 seconds rest in the middle. Lower the dumbbell to the floor as you twist.
Next up: Knee Drop
Step 1: Lie on the floor. Your back needs to be flat on the ground.
Step 2: Slowly lift your legs off the ground such that you take the tabletop position. Get hold of a ball and squeeze it between your legs. You have to engage your inner thighs for this.
Step 3: Slowly drop your knees to the right side and return to the top. Now drop your knees to the left side and slowly return to the top.
This is one set. Do 10 sets without stopping.
Next up: Swimming
Step 1: Lie on the ground and extend your legs and arms. Lift your arms and legs off the ground and keep your face close to the floor.
Step 2: Now move your arms and legs, from hips to shoulders in order to copy the swimming movement.
Do this for 30 seconds twice with a break in the middle.