A 10-minute love handle workout to work those stubborn fat cells
First things first, if you think your love handles are embarrassing, STOP! They are just stubborn fat cells that need patience to work away. There is absolutely no reason for you to be guilty of your own body. The only thing you should focus on is how you can make your body healthier. Love handles aren’t dangerous, but they may indicate underlying risk factors for chronic illnesses which include high blood pressure (hypertension) or cholesterol. There is no doubt that a healthy diet plays a vital role in shaping your body. However, an appropriate workout routine amplifies the effects of your diet a hundredfold. Eating clean and adding a 30-minute cardio session (even a simple walk) every other day can be helpful in kicking your love handles to the curb.
Love handles are areas of skin that extend outward from the hips. When combined with tight clothing, love handles can become more pronounced, but they aren’t caused by tight clothes alone. They indicate excess fat accumulation around the hips and abdominal area. Here’s a quick at-home workout routine to work those love handles and burn stubborn fat cells.
A 10-Minute Love Handle Workout:
Repeat the following circuit 3 times, moving as quickly as possible from exercise to exercise. Do this routine 3 times a week.
40 Woodchoppers (20 on each side). Using one hand weight, stand with your feet hip-width apart with your weight on your left leg. Start by holding the weight in both hands up by your left shoulder. Next, twist to make a chopping motion down towards your right hip. Allow your feet and knees to pivot with the twist. Raise the weight back up to your left shoulder and repeat for 20 reps. Next work your right side.
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50 Russian Twists. Sit on your butt with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Your torso should be leaning back at a 45 angle to the floor. Hold a dumbbell with both hands. Lift your feet from the ground, crossing them at the ankles and balancing on your butt. From this position, twist your torso to the right and touch your dumbbell to the ground next to your body. Next, twist back over to the left touching the weight to the left side of your body. Repeat back and forth, all while balancing with your legs and torso raised off of the ground.
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30 Side Plank Hip Lifts (15 on each side). Get into side plank position with your elbow on the ground and your legs and hips resting on the ground. Engaging your abs and keeping your body in a straight line, raise the lower half of your body up off the ground into a straight plank position. Lower again and repeat. Do 15 on your right side, and then 15 on your left side.
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30 Bicycle Crunches. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your hands behind your head. Do not clasp your hands together. Engage your abs, lifting your shoulders and upper back off of the ground. At the same time, move your right elbow toward your left knee so that they meet in the middle of your body. Next, switch your position by bringing your left elbow to your right knee. Continue as quickly as possible while still keeping your torso raised up off the ground.
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