Are you suddenly spilling out of your favourite jeans? Is that muffin top getting you down? Are you wondering just how to lose those love handles? You’re not alone. As our schedules grow increasingly more hectic, exercise often takes a backseat. However, it’s important to incorporate some amount of physical activity into your daily routine to stay fit and in shape.
High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT has been gaining a lot of traction of late, as a means to effectively lose weight without the long workout sessions. This training method consists of intense bursts of exercise alternated by short active recovery periods. This helps keep your heart rate up, allowing you to lose your love handles in shorter amount of time.
While there are a lot of exercises for love handle reduction, we’ve found the most effective and efficient HIIT muffin top treatment for you. All you’ll need for this routine is ten minutes!
1. Flutter kicks – 45 seconds
Lie on your back with your hands under your glutes. Raise your head and your feet about 3 inches off the ground. Now, while keeping your knees straight, move your legs up and down alternately as if you were taking small steps.
2. Jump rope skipping – 30 seconds
Keep your elbows to your side and your forearms stretched out sideways. Jump with your feet together and don’t forget to bend your knees. You can even try jumping jacks or jogging in place while skipping rope.
3.Cross body crunch – 45 seconds
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head and your knees bent. Lift your shoulders and upper torso off the floor and move your right elbow and your left knee together to meet above your midsection. Next move your left elbow and right knee together, and so on.
4. High knees – 30 seconds
Stand with your feet hips width apart. Now start stepping in place bringing your knees up to a 90 degree angle or higher.
5. Side plank hip lifts – 45 seconds each side
Start in a basic side plank position with your elbow and foot resting on the floor, and your body raised in a straight line. Now lower your hips to the floor and raise them again, coming back into the side plank position. Repeat this for 45 seconds on each side.
6. Jump squats – 30 seconds
Stand with feet shoulder width apart lower into a squat keeping your knees behind your toes. Now jump straight up with as much force as possible, pushing with your heels, and repeat.
7. Standing trunk twists – 45 seconds
Stand with feet shoulder width apart and your knees lax. Keep your legs and hips stable and slowly twist your torso from one side to the other.
8. Jump rope skipping – 30 seconds
9. Standing obliques – 45 seconds each side
Stand with your back straight and chin up. Keep your left arm overhead and left foot pointed out. Now bring your arm down and your leg up so your knee meets your elbow. Repeat on the right side.
10. High knees – 30 seconds
11. Lying leg raise – 45 seconds
Lie on the floor and place your hands under your glutes. Keeping your legs together, straight and outstretched, lift them perpendicular to the ground and hold this position for a second. Lower your legs and repeat.
12. Jump squats – 30 seconds
You can follow this routine with a 2 minute cat stretch to relax your muscles. If you’re still having trouble with getting rid of love handles, we have the solution for you. Our U-Lipo Tummy Tuck is a safe, painless and non-surgical alternative to love handle liposuction. To know more about our U-Lipo treatments, click here.