Stomach Exercises to Work off Those Love Handles

A major complaint of people who need to look more fit is belly fat. Specifically, a big number of folks have difficulty with "love handles." Far from lovely or lovable, these are deposits of fat that take up residence on the sides of one's lower torso, around the external oblique muscles. Traditional crunches and sit-ups will not do much for this type of chub, as they especially work the intestinal muscles and not the obliques. The good news, however, is that there are a few stomach exercises which specifically target the obliques, helping trim love handles. As with any new exercise, consult a professional before beginning and be sure to properly heat up to dodge injury.

Side Bend
A simple exercise, side bends are also likely the most effective method for losing love handles. Start by standing upright. Position your feet shoulder width apart and bend your knees a little. Lower your whole torso to the side, then back to the other. Lean only side to side, not backwards or forwards.

Torso Twist
This stomach exercise is also effective at reducing love handles, and is sweet to do mmediately after the side bends in your routine, as it's also done in a standing position. Again, with feet shoulder width apart, slowly twist the body to the side, then to the other. The key here is to twist from your torso, not from the hips. The maximum amount of the twisting work as possible should be done by your oblique muscles, not your hip flexors. Keep your torso upright with no bending.

Side Crunch
The next 2 stomach exercises require you to get off your feet and lie down, preferably on the floor or other flat surface. Use a mat or towel as a cushion if you've an especially hard floor to work with. Lie down on one side. For simplicity, let us say you are on your right side to start. Bring your right arm across your waist so that your right hand comes to rest on your left side. Touch your ear with the fingertips of your left hand, so that your left elbows winds up pointing straight upward. Lift your shoulders up off the floor while simultaneously raising your left leg to height of approximately 12 inches ( thirty cm ). Contract your obliques as you do this. Hold for a few seconds, then carefully lie back down. Do this for a whole set, then switch to the right side.

Seated Knee Drop
First, position yourself on the floor so you are resting on your hipbones ( not sitting on your butt). You can put your hands on the floor behind you to keep yourself stable in this position. Bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor. Put your ankles together. Now lower your knees to the right. Your feet will roll on to their sides, but should remain on the floor. Continue this lowering move till your knees are about 6 inches above the floor. Hold for one 2nd, then go back up and down to the left side. Move slowly and under control, using your stomach muscles instead of momentum to raise and lower your legs.

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One Comment on "Stomach Exercises to Work off Those Love Handles"

  1. how to lose love handles on Fri, 4th Sep 2009 7:36 pm 

    Very nice article! I’m also on the path of helping other people take good care of their body, how to lose love handles and transition to a healthier diet. And it’s great to see your giving such good advice on the subject! Thank you / Tim

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