Love handle exercise alone is not enough!
Huh? No pain, no gain and all that?
No - 'love handles' and 'bra handles' - the 'spare tires' that defy all manner of exercise and keep hanging about your hips and upper body areas - DO defy exercise.
But that doesn't mean you're stuck with them for life.
The truth is, you cannot reduce fat in one specific area. It just isn’t possible.
The only way to get rid of those love handles is to reduce your caloric intake with a healthy diet, and start a cardiovascular exercise routine.
Or to put it another way so there is no confusion: regular appropriate exercise will only work when combined with regular aerobic activity and a healthy meal plan.
You see, what's happening with exercises alone is that you're toning the muscle under the fat, but you'll never see your newly-developed muscles under the layers of flab.
So once you've made the decision to modify your eating habits, here are some of the best love handle exercises.
As a guide, try to do the ones that appeal most to you every other day. In about three weeks you can expect to see some results and it will probably take about 12 weeks before you see progress that others remark on.
Love Handle ExerciseThose who focus on this particular problem rate the basic side crunch exercise as the best of the best. It targets your love handle muscles better than most positions.
Lie flat on your back, bring your heels up towards your bottom, and rest your knees to one side on the floor.
With your hands clasped behind your head, raise your head and shoulders up smoothly using your side oblique muscles.
It's best to do 6-8 lifts each side, repeating the set twice.
Once you've reached an intermediate stage, increase that to 10-12, and advanced exercisers can benefit from 15 or more lifts each side per set.
Love Handle and Bra Handle ExerciseAn alternative love handle exercise that also targets bra handles combines 15 repetitions of the alternate knee-in exercise, followed by 15 reps of the alternate twisting crunch.
Without resting, you then perform 10 reps of the double-arm dumbbell row using 3-pound weights.
Rest 15 seconds and repeat all three exercises again.
Rest 15 seconds and repeat the entire set a third and final time.
The alternate knee-in exercise is performed lying on your back with your iupper body propped on your elbows. Lift your feet a few inches off the floor and "pedal a bicycle'.
The alternate twisting crunch is also done lying on your back on the floor. Clasp your hands behind your head, bend your knees, and place the soles of you feet flat on the floor. Raise your left knee off the floor and simultaneously twist and try to touch it with your right elbow, all the time flexing your abdominal muscles. Return to start and repeat the movement for the other side of your body.
To do the double-arm reverse row, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, with a 3-pound dumbbell held in each hand, palms away from your body. Bend over until your torso is parallel to the floor. Extend your arms straight down and let them touch your legs. Raise the dumbbells up and to the side of your body so your elbows become your highest point.
A bit clinical, yes... but among the best love handle exercise available. Go to it!