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5 Exercises To Get Rid Of That Muffin Top & Love Handles!

Getting a six pack is not the easiest thing to achieve, but it seems that getting rid of that muffin top is on everyone’s list of goals. In fact, getting in shape and losing that extra belly is one of the top New Year’s Resolutions! What is the muffin top? It is the excess weight that hangs over the waist of your jeans and can be very embarrassing. Did you know that only 8% of people are successful in achieving their weight loss and healthy eating plans as part of their resolution according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute? The gyms are packed early in the year, but that fades as people tend to give up on those resolutions. While hitting the gym and starting that new diet might be the most common resolutions, they are not necessarily the easiest. What if you could get rid of that muffin top? The good news is that you can! You can get rid of that belly fat by being consistent, making a plan that includes exercise and a healthy diet with attainable goals and by not giving up. Here are 5 great at-home exercises that you can do 3-4 times per week that can help get that muffin top to disappear! These activities, combined with healthy eating habits can really make a difference. Spring will be here before you know it. Now is the time to make positive changes and get rid of that extra belly fat. Let’s go!

Lose that Muffin Top with an at Home Ab Workout

Perform the following exercises for 30-45 seconds with a 10-15 second rest between each exercise and a one minute rest between each set. Perform 2-3 sets per session.

1. Plank

K-001 Facing the floor, get in the push-up position with hands and toes on the floor. Arms extended, with soft elbows, directly under the shoulders. While keeping your neck and back aligned in a flat position, hold the abs tight and slightly tuck the hips to help maintain the correct flat position the entire time. Hold for 30-45 seconds.

Just Starting Out Version:

You can perform this exercise on your knees, but maintain the same neck and back alignment while keeping abs tight.

2. Side Plank Bends Left and Right

K-005 Lie on your left side with your left elbow bent near the side of the chest. Bend the lower leg at the knee, keeping the knee on the floor, then lift hips. Once balanced, place the right hand behind the head with elbow bent. Lift the knee of the top leg towards your top elbow and bend the upper body towards the knee at the same time. Keep abs tight! Continue the movement, then repeat on the other side.

Just Starting Out Version:

Get into the same position, but instead of raising the top leg, just bend towards the hips with the upper body.

3. Deep Squat Jumps

K-007 Stand with feet hip distance apart, pushing the butt back as if sitting in a chair while you go down into a squat position and explode upwards into a jump reaching up towards the ceiling. Land in the squat position and repeat. Continue this movement without stopping for the entire 45 seconds.

Just Starting Out Version:

Do the same as above but without the jump. Once you get stronger, you can add the jumps or try jumping every other repetition.

4. Jumping Lunges

K-008 Start in a lunge position with the right leg extended way back so that you create a 90-degree angle with the left knee. Switch legs by jumping to the lunge position on the other side. Continue this movement making sure that you land softly in the lunge position. Do not let the knees extend beyond the toes. Keep your upper body upright with good posture.

Just Starting Out Version:

Position your body in the same way, but eliminate the jump by stepping backwards, then pushing off with the heel and back to the start position, alternating legs.

5. Mountain Climbers

K-002 Start in plank position with hands and toes on the floor. Begin by bringing the right foot towards the right elbow and switch to the other side by jumping, quickly alternating the feet in a continuous movement.

Just Starting Out Version:

Do the same as above but instead of jumping, walk each foot forward, alternating. Source: Statistic Brain 403026_10200194966377990_551048359_nKyra Oliver @kyraoliver