We cannot decided where our body decides to store fat, this is down to genetics. Fat typically gathers around the mid section to add extra protection to our vital organs. The best way we can reduce weight in the mid section is by exercising and watching what we eat. The fat in the mid section can be known as Love handles. This term is used to describe fat on the stomach, obliques (side of stomach), and on the lower back just above the trouser line. Simple exercise will help get rid of this bulge.
Some simple exercises to help get rid of love handles are ones that concentrate on the abdominal muscles and the obliques. These exercises below can be done at home.
Seated russian twist – Sit on the floor with your feet together and knees bent. Place your hands in front of your stomach and keep them together. Lean back until you feel like your abdominal muscles are having to work to keep you in that position then slowly rotate from side to side. Focus on rotating the whole of your upper body.
Side Plank – Lie completely down on your side. Place one foot on top of the other and keeping your body as straight as possible, use your forearm to get your whole body off the ground. Feel the pull on your abs from trying to keep your body in the straight position. Hold for 30-45 seconds then repeat the other side.
Slow bicycles – This is a great exercise to do when you are watching the TV. Lie down on your back. Place your hands behind your head and lift slightly off the floor. Bring your right knee up to your chest then reach across with your left elbow to touch it. Keep your other leg as straight as possible. Alternate this and feel how it pulls across your stomach muscles.
If you find these not challenging enough then you should considered using free weights if you don’t already. This is the ultimate in core exercises as heavy free weights need at stabilizing more, and your core muscles do this. If you find free weights to challenging then think about doing stomach exercises with a swiss ball or resistance bands.
Complete these exercises and you will see a more toned stomach in no time.