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The Best Exercises to Lose Love Handles

By Nicki Howell ; Updated July 18, 2017

Strengthening core muscles, including the love handle area, has many benefits. A stronger core allows you to improve balance, stability and helps build better posture, according to MayoClinic.com. If you want to lose fat around the midsection, you don’t need expensive gym equipment or machines. There are activities you can complete at home to tighten up this problem area.

Aerobic Activities

Lose love handles by planning aerobic activity daily. Aerobic activity causes the body to burn fat reserves, resulting in side fat loss. For the quickest result, select activities with the highest calorie burning potential. For example, high-impact aerobics burns 511 calories an hour for a 160-lb. person and jumping rope burns 730 calories an hour, according to MayoClinic.com. Tae Kwon Do burns 730 calories an hour and swimming laps burns 511 calories an hour.

Use an Exercise Ball

Using an exercise ball to lose love handles makes strength training more difficult. Your body has to balance while completing the movement. Sit on the ball with your feet flat on the floor. Slowly crunch to your left side 10 to 15 times. Repeat the motion on the right side. Work up to two to three sets of this movement. Aim to tone the abs at least two times a week, recommends MayoClinic.com. Leave a day in between muscles strengthening sessions to allow abdominal muscles to rest.

Pelvic Tilt

Pelvic tilts are another exercise that strengthens the love handle area. Lie flat on the floor with your knees bent a little. Slowly lift your buttocks towards the ceiling, contracting the abdominal muscles. Hold the movement for 10 seconds and repeat. Work up to completing 10 to 15 repetitions of this movement, which is called a set. Complete two to three sets, twice weekly.

The Plank

The plank is an effective exercise that strengthens the love handle area and the entire midsection area. Lie face down on your exercise mat. Lift the front of your body up slightly on the forearms. If you are just starting out, lift the lower body upward using the knees. Your body should be a straight line between your shoulders and knees. As you get stronger, instead of lifting with your knees, you can lift with your feet. Hold the position for about 60 seconds. Tighten your core the entire time. Work up to completing this movement two to three times during your workout session.

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