Let’s face it – no one wants to have love handles. We all want a firm body, especially a firm abdomen. But what can you do to get rid of that excess belly fat, and thus, eliminate those love handles? Although it can be rather challenging, there are several exercises that will decrease your love handles. Perseverance is the key! Keep your goal in mind and try the following love handle exercises for women.
1. Side Bend
Bend to one side, holding your opposite arm over your head; then stretch to the other side and raise the other arm. Repeat 10 to 15 times per session.
2. Trunk Twist
To do the trunk twist, stand upright, feet approximately one foot apart. Twist to the left, while crossing your right arm to the left. Then twist to the right, crossing the left arm to your right side. Try doing 20 – 25 twists to each side at first; increase to 50 twists to each side.
3. Stomach Vacuums
Standing upright, suck in your stomach and hold as long as possible. Repeat this three times. (Sessions, 2009)
4. Leg Flutters
Lie on your stomach with head slightly lifted, hands straight down at your sides. Next, lift your feet and knees up and flutter legs up and down.
5. Cardiovascular Exercise.
Increase your cardiovascular exercise to burn calories and eliminate those love handles. This includes exercise such as jogging, step aerobics, stair climbing, walking, or treadmill.
6. Weight Training
Weight training exercises quickly convert fat to muscle, eliminating love handles. Start with light weights and work up to heavier ones over time. Always start slow with weight training, as overdoing can result in injury to the muscles.
7. Twisted Crunch
The twisted crunch is similar to the traditional crunch exercise. Lie on your back, hands behind your head. Next, raise the upper body off the floor, twist and touch your elbow to the knee on the opposite leg. Return to starting position and repeat with the other side. When raising the upper body, keep the waist and lower back on the floor. (RUMI, 2007)
8. Torso Twists
Standing straight, with feet at shoulder width, twist your torso to the left; then twist to the right. Try to keep from moving your hips, and do not bend your body. This exercise helps to strengthen the waist muscles, while burning fat.
Stand straight and bring your right arm straight out in front of you, with your fist closed, as if you were going to punch someone. Pull your right arm back and bring your left arm out in the same manner. Do this fairly quickly and repeat 20 to 30 times per session.
To get rid of your love handles, you must be persistent in your workout. Plan to exercise four or five days per week, 30 to 40 minutes each session. Try varying your exercise routine to keep from becoming bored. This way, you’ll stay with it; and before you know it, performing these love handle exercises for women will pay off.
Remember that before starting any exercise routine, you should always check with your doctor.