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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 November 5, 2019

How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

1. Always Have a Book

It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

3. Get More Intellectual Friends

Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

4. Guided Thinking

Albert Einstein once said,

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

5. Put it Into Practice

Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

6. Teach Others

You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

7. Clean Your Input

Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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8. Learn in Groups

Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

9. Unlearn Assumptions

You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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11. Start a Project

Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

12. Follow Your Intuition

Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

13. The Morning Fifteen

Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

14. Reap the Rewards

Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

15. Make Learning a Priority

Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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