You’ve seen me write about this before but I’ll write it again – WHAT is there to love about love handles? No matter what cute name you call them – love handles, muffin top, cupcake – there is nothing cute about love handles. If there is an upside to love handles, I sure hope someone lets me know because I haven’t found an upside yet. As a matter of fact, this has got to be one of the most stubborn parts of the body to firm up and many people start exercising specifically to get rid of love handles. Simple crunches, however, won’t help you get rid of that muffin top. So what is one to do?
We’ve been working on a our abs video (let us know if you want to be a tester) and we also have classes at our place targeting abs and a strong core. Strong core = strong body and I am happy to say that I am seeing some improvement in that my sides are toning up. Not where I want them to be but definitely improvement. The following are the exercises that we are doing:
- Planks. See picture below. Planks work your core from your hips to your shoulders along with your arms. If you are just starting out, rest on your forearms and on your upper thighs or on your knees for three sets of 30 seconds. Build up to three one minute planks.
- Bicycle crunches. Not fun but they work. Just like riding a bicycle, bring the opposite elbow to the knee as you pull it toward you. Start by keeping one foot on the ground while you life the other leg. Build to three sets of 10 crunches.
- Oblique crunches. Place your knees to the left, left arm on your stomach and lift your head on your right. Support your head as you lift. Build to three sets of 10 crunches each side.
- Russian twist. So not fun but very effective. Lean back at about a 45 degree angle, holding a light weight in your hands away from the body then twist from side to side. Start with five twists per side and build up to three sets of 10 each side.
Along with the above exercise, continue your strength training, cardio and be sure to eat clean. You will see results if you are consistent – keep with it. You got this!
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in getting fit and running their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.