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Love Handle Exercises That'll Torch Your Muffin Top

by Abby

Death to muffin tops!

Climbers Start in plank position, with your shoulders pressed down, and your pelvis tucked. Drive your right knee to your chest, and tuck your chin, keeping your torso and hips stable. Step back to plank and repeat on the other side. Do 15 reps on each side.

Overhead Swing Use a kettlebell to blast off those love handles. Put your feet shoulder-width apart with the bell between them, slightly in front of you. Grab the handle with both hands and squat with your hips back. Hike the kettlebell back toward your rear end (don't let it swing all the way behind you; it should stop a little behind your knees). Keeping your back flat and your arms straight, immediately stand up and press your hips forward, swinging the kettlebell upward until it's overhead. As the bell begins to arc back down, bend your knees and squat, swinging it between your legs. Do 15 reps.

Side-Over Twists Start in a side plank with your left hand on the floor and your right hand reaching to the sky. Inhale and lift your body up until it arcs while reaching your right hand overhead. On the exhale, lift your hips, twist your torso and reach your right arm behind you under your left hip. Complete 10-20 repetitions on each side.

Lateral Bend This move is a great one to do throughout the day. Stand with your arms stretched overhead. Bend sideways, lift one knee to the side and pull your elbow to touch your knee. Straighten and repeat on the other side. Do 10 reps on each side.

Backstroke Rotation While doing 25 reps of this move may leave you winded, it's worth the effort. Sit on your butt and lift your feet off the ground into a boat pose with your arms stretched out in front of you. On an exhale, reach your left arm up and overhead letting your torso and head follow. Sweep your left arm along the floor as the right goes overhead and back.

Cut the Carbs Exercise alone might not keep those love handles at bay, so cut out processed carbs—you know, the delicious stuff like breads, bagels, and pasta—and watch your alcohol intake.

Get Your Zzzs Studies show that getting a good night's sleep can work wonders on your waistline. Eight hours of uninterrupted shut-eye a night will give you results.