Despite a name that we may find cute, “love handles” refer to something much less, namely the fat that accumulates on the sides of the abdomen.
While some believe that exercises focused on this area will help them eliminate these unsightly little fat, it is better to know that in reality, it takes a little more specific training to see them disappear.
here are 7 exercises specially designed to eliminate or reduce fat on the sides of your abdomen.
1/ Lumberjack exercise
Stand up, legs apart in line with the hips. Place your body weight on your left leg and with both hands lift a dumbbell over your left shoulder.
Rotate both hands to perform the cutting motion, from top to bottom and left to right. Your feet and knees must follow the movement of your body. Like a lumberjack, imagine that you are chopping down a big tree. You will need to raise your hands as high as possible when you begin the exercise.
Repeat this movement 20 times on the left side. Then do the same on the right side.
2/ Dumbbells on the side
Sit on your buttocks, knees bent and feet on the floor.
In this position, the torso should be tilted back at a 45 degree angle to the floor. Take a dumbbell with both hands.
Get your feet off the ground. Cross your ankles and keep your balance with your buttocks.
Now turn your chest to the right, holding the dumbbell against you during the movement.
Do the same to the left.
Repeat about 40 times (20 on each side).
3/ Lateral Hip Raise
You must be lying on your side with your elbow on the floor to be able to lift your body for the exercise.
Lift your body.
Stay in this position for 2 seconds, then return to your starting position.
15 times on the left side and 15 times on the right side.
4/ Abs Crunch Crossovers
Lie on your back, knees bent. Put your hands behind your head and join your two hands by interlacing your fingers.
Raise your right leg so your calves are parallel to the floor.
As you do this, rotate your upper body and bring your left elbow towards your right knee.
To change legs, do not put them on the ground, but keep them in the air to also work the abdominal area.
Now raise the left knee, left calf parallel to the ground, and bring the right elbow to the opposite knee.
Initial position :
Bend your knees and place the palms of your hands on the floor.
Straighten up quickly by throwing your feet backwards so that you can stretch upwards as much as possible.
Hold this position for a few seconds, then stretch your toes up.
Then return to the initial position, jump again stretching to the maximum and once again return to the starting position.
3 sets of 15 reps each.
6/ Breathing and stretching
Sit down, buttocks on your heels. Shoulders well back, place the palms of your hands next to your feet.
Bend over as if you wanted your spine to join your navel, stretch as much as possible.
Hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds during your first sessions. Once you understand the exercise, you can try to maintain this position for about twenty seconds.
7/ Swimmer’s position
Lie face down with your arms parallel and stretched out far in front of you. Legs should be shoulder width apart.
Right arm and left leg in the air at the same time. Hold this position for 2 or 3 seconds.
Then bring the leg and arm back to the ground.
Do the same on the other side: left arm up, right leg up.
10 repetitions of movements on each side.