By Samantha Yu
“Love” is one of our favorite words this time of year… except for when it comes before the word “Handles”. The reality of it is, even when a healthy diet and exercise are a part of your regular routine, love handles can often remain one of the hardest places to lose weight. So when it comes to chocolate-and-candy-eating-season, AKA February, love handles are definitely hard to avoid.
Lucky for all of us, The Huffington Post Canada has named the “Best Exercises For Love Handles: 10 Ways To Lose Belly Fat”. Here are our favorites!
1. Bicycle Crunch Lay flat on your back with your hands attached to the back of your head, elbows out. Raise your legs off the floor to a 45-degree angle. As you bring your left knee to your chest, raise your head and twist so that your right elbow meets your knee and you’re looking to the left. Switch elbows and knees – extend the left leg, bring the right knee in, and twist to your right – so that you are now looking to the right. Repeat.
2. Russian Twist Sit on the floor with your feet on the ground. Lean your upper body backward with a strong, straight back. Remember to use your abdominal muscles to hold you in place. Stretch your arms out in front of you and twist from side to side. For increased difficulty, you can tap the floor on either side, lift your feet up and balance, or hold a weighted medicine ball in your hands.
3. High Plank From The Hands Get your body into a push-up position. Make sure your feet are hip-width apart and that your hands are directly under your shoulders. Keep your legs and back strong and straight. Now hold!
4. Low Plank From The Elbows Similar to High Plank From The Hands but instead, keep your elbows and forearms on the floor.
5. Plank Knee Drive In plank position (high or low, up to you!) bring your right knee out to try and touch your right elbow. Repeat 10 to 15 times on the right then switch to the left. Remember to bring your body back to plank in between each rep!
6. Side Plank Using one arm and balancing on either your hand or your forearm, center your shoulders on top of your hand and stack your legs on top of each other. Balance and hold!
7. Side Plank Hip Dips Start in a side plank position with your forearm touching the ground. Stack your hips on top of each other for correct alignment. Bring your hips down to touch the ground then return to neutral. Repeat 10 to 15 times before switching side plank sides.
8. Stability Ball Plank Place your elbows and forearms on a stability ball. Keep your legs hip-width apart. Balance for 2 to 5 minutes.