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Exercises for Love Handles and Belly Fat

Due to desk jobs, most of the working class is fighting against love handles and belly fat. Here are some exercises that can prove to be especially useful in getting rid of unsightly fat.
Belly fat and love handles are often lifestyle-related problems. At the same time, it has become important, that one looks fit and trim as well. If one wants to lose belly fat and love handles, it is necessary, that one follows a strict diet regime, as well as a good exercise routine. Both of them together, will help you to get rid of belly fat at the earliest. It is important, that one skips fatty food, foods rich in carbohydrates, from their diet. Diet should ideally be rich in proteins, fiber, etc. You can follow a healthy diet of your choice for the same. Having said that, let's concentrate on the exercises for love handles and belly fat in this article.

Exercises to Lose Belly Fat and Love Handles

The exercises for love handles and belly fat are helpful not only to get rid of the abdominal fat, but also to build abdominal muscles. These exercises also help in improving performance in certain sports.

Crunches
Crunches can either be done on the floor or on the exercise ball. As there are many benefits of this exercise, but it is important to know how to do crunches, to derive better benefits of this exercise. Lie with your back on the floor, bend and place your feet flat on the floor. Interlace your fingers and place your hands below your neck to support the neck. Lift your shoulders off the floor and crunch towards the ceiling. Remember I said towards the ceiling and not towards the knee. When you lift your shoulders off the floor, make sure you use the abdominal muscles only and not the muscles in the back or your spine. Slowly come back to the starting position and repeat the exercise.

Reverse Crunch
This abdominal exercise works the abdominal region. Lie with your back against the floor and bend your legs in the knee. The hands should be placed next to the buttocks on the floor and not under the buttocks. Gently life your feet off the floor and try to reach the knees to the chest. Lift your knees gently, so that you do not jerk and injure your lower back. Hold in the position for a few seconds, before you come back to the starting position.

Leg Lifts
If you are new to exercises, then you will find it difficult to do this exercise, but with practice you will be able to do it with ease. Lie down on the floor. Extend your legs straight out and place your hands next to your buttocks. Now slowly lift your legs off the floor and life them straight up. Initially you may find it very difficult to lift up the legs straight, but with practice, you will be able to. Slowly bring the legs down about 8 to 10 inches off the floor and then life them up again. The key is not to touch the floor, when you are doing the exercise.

Oblique Crunch
This is one of the best exercise for love handles for women and men. Lie on the floor, bend your legs at the knee and place your feet on the floor. Interlace your fingers and place your hands behind your head. Lift your shoulders off the floor, twist to the right and touch the left elbow to the right knee, come back to the center and repeat the same on the other side. This exercise should be repeated for 15 times on both the sides.

Cycle Crunch
Another great oblique exercise. This exercise is similar to oblique crunch. Lie on your back, interlace your fingers and place your hands behind your head. Extend both your legs straight. Slowly lift your shoulders off the floor and pull your right leg towards your chest. Now twist to the right and try to touch the left elbow to the right knee. Slowly extend the right leg, as you bring the left leg towards the chest, but do not touch the right leg to the floor. Repeat the love handle exercise on both the sides 15 times.

Now you know, which are the exercises for love handles and belly fat. Along with these abdominal exercises, you will also have to include some cardiovascular exercise in your exercise regime. Remember to do some warm up exercises, before you start with the exercise routine, to avoid any injury. Also do not forget about your diet as well.
By Bhakti Satalkar
Published: 8/16/2010
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