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The Hula Hoop
How To Do It: A fun exercise that
really tones up that troublesome
love handle area is using a hula
hoop. Swivel your hips while
maneuvering the hoop higher and
lower up and down the column
of your waist area. After a while
you can really feel your oblique
muscles kicking in, which means
that you are starting to have
some effect on strengthening the
muscles below the love handles
Stability Ball Plank
How To Do It: Using
a stability ball,
place your elbows
and forearms on
the ball. After you regain your
balance, try to hold a plank
position for two to five minutes.
The PT’s Advice:
Getting rid of love handles in
simple words is losing excess
weight. Ensure that your weight
loss regimen begins in the
kitchen and then moves to the
Choose a sustainable diet plan.
If you plan to lose 10 kilos in
a month and even manage to
achieve it, you need to check
whether that is fat loss or just
water weight which may be
easier to lose and regain.
Cardio needs to be balanced
with a good measure of weight
resistance training. Stronger
muscles will ensure that the fat
storage area – the bulge on the
hips is burning away at a faster
rate even when you are resting!
Work logically around your day
to day meals. And remember
that every individual has their
own dietary preferences. You
should select what suits you and
what you are able to sustain.
Potion control is the key.
Before you eat, ask yourself what
you are about to do. if you just
woke up and you have a long
day, carbohydrates would be
a good choice. One full plate
of biryani will do you more
good than harm. If on the other
hand, you are sitting down in
the evening to eat dinner, then
watch TV before bed, that same
plate of biryani or any form of
carbohydrate will be converted
to fat and stored at your love
handles since your body does
not require carbohydrates or any
energy giving food to sleep.
(Credit: Christopher Nganga – Fitness
Manager at The Body & Soul Health Club)
Side Plank
How To Do It: Using one arm,
either your forearm or your
hand, line it up beneath your
armpit and stack your feet on
top of one another. Ideally, you
want to create a
shape with
your body.
How To Do It:
Stand with your
legs shoulder-
width apart
and slightly
bend your knees
into a squat
position. Using
a kettlebell or
weights, bring
your weights
in front of you
with your arms
forward and
bring them back
Oct/Nov 2014