As cute as the term "love handles" might sound, the bitter truth is that they're NOT cute. That tyre of flab around our obliques is maddening to say the least. If you’re looking at losing those tyres, you should remember it comes with its share of hard work. Here are 6 exercises that will not only help get rid of those love handles, it will do a fab job at building those washboard abs you’ve been wanting. You got this, girlfriend!
1. The Russian Twist
The russian twist does a fab job at toning the transverse abdominus, multifidus and obliques. The best part about this exercise is that you can do it without any specialised equipment.
Step 1 - Sit on the floor making sure that your feet are flat on the ground.Step 2 - Keeping your spine firm and straight, gently lean back so your torso is at a 45-degree angle from the floor.Step 3 - Slowly turn your torso from left to right, and then, right to left.Number of times per day - 3 sets of 10-20 repetitions.
2. The Standing Oblique Crunch
Your body’s muscles are more active while standing. This exercise helps strengthen your core, builds abs, and burns abdominal fat!Step 1 - Stand straight keeping your feet shoulder-width apart.Step 2 - Pick a dumbbell up with your right hand and hold on it firmly.Step 3 - Making sure that your back is straight, bend to the right as far as you can. Step 4 - Now do the same for your left side.Number of times per day - 2 sets of 5-10 repetitions.
3. The Scissors
This one easy to do and is very effective. It tones your legs and builds muscles around your thighs in addition to getting rid of love handles.Step 1 - Lie flat on a yoga mat.Step 2 - Gently lift your legs up without bending them.Step 3 - Now let them cross over each other.Step 4 - Hold that position for 5 secs and slowly bounce back to initial position. Repeat.Number of times per day - 3 sets of 10-15 repetition
4. The Bridge
For strengthening your core, building back muscles, hardening your glutes, and to reduce abdominal fat, the bridge is a brilliant exercise to do on a daily basis.
Step 1 - Place a yoga mat on the floor and lie flat on it.Step 2 - Keep your hands by your side and bend your knees.Step 3 - With the help of your heels, lift your hips up while keeping your upper back glued to the floor.Step 4 - Hold the position for 10 seconds before going back to lying flat on the floor.Number of times per day - 3 sets of 10-20 repetition.
5. The Burpee
Burpees might sound funny but they’re very effective for a full-body workout. They target the triceps, upper back, abdomen, legs and shoulders.
Step 1 - Stand straight keeping your spine erect.Step 2 - Drop your palms to lie flat on the ground (right under your shoulders) and go into a squat position.Step 3 - Quickly kick your feet back while your arms stay where they were at Step 2.Step 4 - Return your feet to the squat position and stand up straight. That’s one burpee!Number of times per day - 3 sets of 10-20 repetition.
6. The Bicycle Crunch
Bicycle crunches may look tough, but are in fact, pretty easy! They also do an excellent job at burning fat, toning your legs and strengthening your leg muscles.
Step 1 - Lie on your back, bend your knees and place your palms under your head.Step 2 - Now, slowly lift your upper body from the floor.Step 3 - Once you’ve done that, move your left elbow to reach for your right knee and vice-versa with the right elbow and left knee.Step 4 - Keep alternating positions after each count.Number of times per day - 3 sets of 10-20 repetition.Featured image: ShutterstockMUST-READ: #LazyGirl: Get Toned Arms Without Even Standing Up!MUST-READ:#LeggyLass: 6 Simple Exercises to Tone Up Your Thighs!