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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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