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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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