All women dream of having that sexy waistline. This can be achieved by doing regular love handle exercises that are specifically tailored for women. The term “love handles” refers to the fatty flabs that develop on the waist and along the lower sides of the body, just above the hips. We shall take a look at how you can trim those unsightly love handles.
“Love handles” is the slang term for the fatty bulges along the sides of the body at the waist, especially along the location of the external oblique muscles of the abdomen. For women who are conscious about their looks, love handles are unsightly bulges that they must get rid of in order to have that sexy, washboard belly and trim waistline. Because the location of these fat deposits makes them hard to reduce, they are best handled by the general abdominal exercises rather that specific spot reduction workouts. We shall take a look at some of the effective love handle exercises for women.
Love Handle Exercises for Women
Barbell Twist: Stand up right with your feet shoulder-width distance apart. Heft the barbell on your upper back and shoulders. While keeping your left foot firmly planted on the floor, swivel your body to your right as far as you can, at the same time contracting your abs. Go back to starting position and then turn to your left. Perform this exercise 5 times or more for each side.
Side Plank: Considered to be one of the most effective love handle exercises, the side plank starts with you lying on your side on the mat. Prop your body up with your arm, making sure that the upper arm is in a perpendicular position to the ground while the lower arm is pressed on the ground. Position your feet one on top of the other in a parallel position. Raise your hips from the floor, creating a diagonal line from your foot to your arm put. You will know you are doing this correctly if your feet and forearm are the only ones touching the ground. Hold this position for 20 seconds and then switch sides. Do 5 reps for each side.
Side Bend: Side bends work out both your love handles and core muscles. Stand up right with feet shoulder-width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. Bend to your left side, going as far as you can, then do the same to your right side. Make sure that you don’t move your legs and that you contract your abs at the same time. Repeat alternating each side, with 10 bends on each side.
Twisted Crunches: You are probably familiar with crunches. Let us try this particular variation. Lie supine on the mat with your feet slightly apart. Bend your knees with your feet firmly planted on the floor. Raise your upper body. Make sure that your upper and middle backs are raised with the lower back on the floor. Next, twist your body to the left so that your right elbow touches your left knee. Then, twist your body to the right so that your left elbow touches your right knee. Do 15 reps or more to give your love handles a good workout.
Russian Leg Twist: Sit up straight right at the edge of a strong, sturdy chair. With your right toe planted on the floor and heel lifted, bend the left leg and hold it a few inches off from the floor. Cup the back of your head (make sure that your fingers are not laced together). Lean backward a few inches from your hips while at the same time contracting your abs. While maintaining your abs in a contracted state, twist your body so that your body to the right, with the left elbow directed toward the right knee. Go back to starting position and do the same with the left side.
Cardiovascular Exercises: It is not enough to just do the above mentioned exercises. You should also incorporate cardio exercises in order to burn away the fats in your love handles. Aerobic activities like jogging, cycling, treadmill workouts and martial arts will promote fat burning so that you lose your love hands.
These are just a few of the love handle exercises that have been found to be effective for women. Make sure that you combine these exercises with a great cardio workout, and you will soon see a significant reduction in your love handles.