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5 Killer Tips To Banish Your Love Handles Now

5 Killer Tips To Banish Your Love Handles Now

The ‘love handle’ – fat that’s accumulated around your mid-section that just won’t seem to budge and proves to be highly frustrating each and every time you put on your pair of skinny jeans.

What can you do to overcome love handles once and for all – and why does it seem they are so stubborn to lose in the first place?

Love handles are harder to lose for many people as this is where they are more prone to store excess body fat, so as this accumulates over time, it tends to be the last place you’ll also lose that fat you’ve gained.

That said, with the right techniques, saying so long to love handles is definitely possible!

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Before we introduce some killer exercises that will help you fight the flab around your midsection, it’s important to note that for optimal success, you absolutely must diet properly.

Nothing is going to work better at burning fat than a good diet, simply because your diet accounts for whether you are in calorie balance or a calorie deficit. To burn fat, you need to be in a deficit and this is accomplished most easily through dietary means.

Once you have your diet down pat, then it comes time to adding smart exercises. Here are the ones to start performing.

1. Lunge With A Twist

First, start out with a lunge with a twist at the bottom. Since you will be unbalanced as you enter the lowest point of the lunge, adding the twist will really get your obliques contracting hard. This exercise will deliver the firming and toning benefits you’re looking for.

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The lunge with the twist is a challenging move and best done with a medicine ball for added resistance. Just make sure you can execute the regular lunge first.

2. Supermans With A Twist

Moving along, supermans with a twist is the next exercise to add to your protocol. The superman exercise is going to be great for working the muscles running up and down the spinal column, but then adding the twist in there really gets the love handle region stimulated.

Do these between working sets of your strength training regime.

3. Renegade Row

The renegade row is the next move to get into place with your protocol. This move is going to be great for hitting the lower back and since you’ll have to contract every muscle in the core to keep you balanced, that means you’ll get serious abdominal strength benefits.

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Do this exercise as part of your upper body routine and you’ll be seeing a difference in no time.

4. Single Leg Split Squats

The single leg split squat is one of the most superior moves you could do if you want to firm your backside, but in addition to that, it’s also great for hitting your glutes as well.

This exercise will really put your balance to the test, especially if you have a barbell across your back. It will also get those core muscles sitting up and contracting intensely as well.

The key thing to remember when doing this exercise is to lean back ever so slightly so that you put more emphasis on the glute muscle and integrate the core more as well. Lean forward and all you’ll do is strain your lower back.

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5. Prone Ball Roll In To The Side

Finally, the last exercise to consider doing is prone ball roll-ins, moving to the side of the body. This exercise puts you in a prone position, so it is a nice change of pace from your regular crunch exercise and will really work those obliques as you pull the ball into each side, alternating as you go.

Make sure to keep the abs tight throughout to maintain good form.

Get these moves into your workout program and you can prepare to see a higher level of muscular strength and if combined with a proper diet plan, excellent firming benefits to eliminate those love handles.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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