June 19, 2017

There’s really not a lot to love about love handles. They make your dress bulge in odd places and make it impossible to button those skinny jeans. And since the fat is deposited around the sides of your abdominal area, no amount of crunching and squatting is going to get rid of them. You’ll have to bring out the big guns. See how to get rid of love handles and get the body of your dreams in these 4 easy steps. And all it takes is 10 minutes every day. Read on and get started.

Things you’ll need:

1. A two-kg dumbell

2. Yoga Mat

Step 1 – 40 Woodchoppers

Time required – 3 minutes

Imagine yourself as a powerful woodchopper, cutting down timber. Bring up the dumbell with both hands to your left shoulder. Stand with legs apart and shift your weight to the left leg as if getting ready to strike an axe. Now twist and bring down your arms to the right knee in a chopping motion. Repeat sets of 20 on both sides.

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Step 2 – 50 Russian twists

Time required: 3 minutes

Russian twists are the best way to work on your obliques – the muscles that help move the torso. Sit on your mat at an angle of 45 degrees – your knees should be bent and feet should not touch the ground. Hold the dumbell with both hands and twist your torso to the right, till your right arm almost touches the floor. Now shift the weight to the left and repeat 50 times. Keep your legs raised for the entire session.

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Step 3 – 30 Side Plank Crunches

Time required – 2 minutes

Lie down on your left side and lift your torso and legs with your left elbow and forearm in a side plank position. Now keep your right foot steady and raise your left leg. Bend your knee to touch your elbow. Repeat sets of 15 for each side.

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Step 4 – 30 Bicycle Crunches

Time required – 2 minutes

Rest your back on the mat while keeping your shoulders and legs elevated. Put your hands behind your head and bend your knees. Now twist your body so that the left knee touches the right elbow. Do sets of 15 for each side in a quick motion as if riding a bicycle.

ad. Do not clasp your hands together. Engage your abs, lifting your shoulders and upper back off of the ground. At the same time, move your right elbow toward your left knee so that they meet in the middle of your body. Next, switch your position by bringing your left elbow to your right knee. Continue as quickly as possible while still keeping your torso raised up off the ground.Remember though, that with these exercises you can tone your obliques, but overall reduction of fat is possible only through cardio and a good diet. Add a 30-minutes cardio session thrice a week for best results. Eat lots of fruits and fresh veggies to help burn excess fat. Here’s how you can maintain a good diet without stressing out.

Exercise recommendation from Health.com

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