Getting rid of those terrifyingly stubborn love handles has never been easier, and all from the comfort of your home!
You see that gorgeous figure-hugging dress that you've been wanting to splurge on for a while, but you won’t buy it because you feel like you’ll tear it with your belly. You know you'll look great in it but the only thing holding you back are those love handles that seem to have made your hips their new home.
Nothing seems to work when you’re trying to lose that fat. But what if there was a way to get closer to the ideal fitness you seek in a month? And no, it's not yet another fad diet or a rapid weight loss program that will need you to work through dripping sweat at the gym.
These 8 exercises don’t require you to go anywhere and can instead be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Doing these exercises for just 10 minutes a day can grant you amazing results within just the first week. Keeping your body surprised every time you do a new exercise in your routine can keep it from getting resistant to the exercise.
When you plan your daily routine, ensure that you choose 4 exercises of your choice. Each one should be performed for the amount of time that is given and take a 10-second break in between. Go for two rounds for each session. Mix it up to get better results.
The goal of losing the belly fat can be more than just about looking great in that perfect dress. Getting fit and staying healthy is one of keeping the flab away. You’ll get your flat belly, a perfect fit in that red dress and the best benefit of decreasing your chances of diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Keeping your waist slim and your body fit is one way of ensuring you stay healthy.
Crunches are the most common core exercises that help in defining the abdominal muscles. They tone down the rectus abdominis and the muscles surrounding it.
How to do it – Set up a mat below you and lie down on your back. Place your hands behind your head and lift your shoulders towards the ceiling using the muscles in your abdomen and hold the position at the peak. But do ensure you don't pull yourself up using the support of your neck. If you feel your abdomen crunching hard, you’re doing it right.
This exercise practically works everything out from your abdomen to your shoulders.
How to do it – Assume the plank position with most of the weight relying on your arms. Keep your elbows perpendicular to your body. After that, bend your right knee towards your waist and hold it for a moment. You should be able to feel your abdomen working. Then move your right leg back to the original position and repeat it with the left one.
These are very effective for beginners who are trying to strengthen their abdominal muscles.
How to do it – Start with a push-up position and keep your elbows on the ground and rest your weight on your forearms. Your arms should remain at a 90-degree angle. Arch your back out slightly before raising your glutes (rear) towards the ceiling and squeeze your abs tightly to bring your abdomen and hips close together. Hold the position and then lower back down to the starting position.
This exercise is very effective because it works out both your upper and lower abdominal muscles.
How to do it – Lie back on your mat with your legs stretched out and your arms facing forward above your head. Next, you would want to lift your feet off the ground at a 45-degree angle. Aim your out-stretched hands towards your raised legs. Hold the position and then slowly lie back down keeping your arms and leg stretched.
Not only does this exercise work out your abdominals but it also increases the flexibility of your spine – two birds with one stone.
How to do it – Lie back on your mat with both your arms and legs stretched out. Then lift your arms up over your head and use your abdominal muscles to get into a 90-degree sitting position. As you lower yourself back down, squeeze your muscles.
This exercise will help strengthen your entire body and is best done towards the end of your workout.
How to do it – Lying on your mat, keep your knees stretched out and your legs up together in the air. Straighten your arms by your sides and like a windshield, move your legs together to one side without moving your upper body. Then raise it back to the original position and then drop your legs to the other side.
This exercise works out the abdomen, legs and lower back.
How to do it – Sit on your mat with your knees bent and keep your feet flat on the floor. Then lean back slightly so that you can lift your feet off the floor. Then stretch out your arms straight in front of you. Then straighten your knees and keep your body weight on your abdominal muscles for about 30 seconds to 60 seconds. Then slowly go back to the original position.
This is a high-intensity exercise that will get your heart pumping and is great as an exercise for some cardio workout.
How to do it – Get into a high plank position on your hand and toes. Don’t bend your arms. Keep your hands at level width of your shoulders. Then pull your right knee into your chest as far as you can and then switch it with your other knee. Ensure that your hips are kept down and try to switch legs as fast as possible.
These exercises are bound to get you into shape quickly and are perfect for when you don’t want to go to a gym. All this requires is a mat, you and your willpower.Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.