After a long season enjoying all of your favorite foods, you may find you’ve developed a little extra weight. One of the more awkward places we put on weight can be seen in the embarrassing overhang that sticks out from the top of our pants/trousers. This is often cheekily referred to as your ‘muffin top’, or your 'love handles'. Here are 5 easy at-home exercises you can do that have been designed and selected as the best at removing this unfortunate protrusion.
Watch this instructional video and read the directions below.
1. The High Plank
Lie down on a surface as if to a push up. Lift up your body using your arms, until you are in the ‘plank’ position. Hold this for 15 seconds, then lower yourself back to the ground. Repeat 10 times.
2. The Lunge Reach
Stand up and have your feet about hip-width apart from each other. Bend your knees a little and place your arms to your sides. Make a forward lunge with your left leg, and lift your hands over your head. Then return to where you were by pushing back with your left leg. Now do so with your right leg. Repeat for a total of 16 times (8 left, 8 right).
3. The Hands-Up Hop
Stand up and have your feet about a hip-width apart from each other. Bend your knees a little and place your hands on your hips. Take a forward step using your left leg, and lift up your right knee. Hop on your left leg with your arms raised high above your head. Take care to land with your feet side by side, placing your hands back on your hips. Repeat 20 times, switching from left to right alternatively.
4. The Squat Jump
Stand up with your legs about a shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees a little, and place your hands by your sides. Now squat, then leap straight up with your arms raised above your head. Land into another squat with your arms lowered by your sides. Repeat 12 times.
5. The Lunge Jump
Stand in the lunge position with your left leg leading, and your arms extended overhead. Jump straight up and switch your legs while in mid-air. Land in a new lunge position with your right leg leading. Repeat this jump 12 times (6 left, 6 right).