Love handles, muffin top, side handles...call it what you want, but that extra side cushion is an area many want to tighten up. So if your pants are filling a little snug and you want to lose love handles fast, test yourself and try yoga. Yoga builds core strength, sheds unnecessary fat, and develops body awareness, which helps to control your weight.
The following yoga poses target your abdominal muscles to help you lose love handles. The abdominals are made up of four major muscles: The transversus abdominis, the internal and external obliques and the rectus abdominis. These muscles work together to provide core and spine stabilization and to flex and rotate the trunk. Building abdominal strength can decrease back pain, improve posture, and shrink love handles.
Incorporate these four poses into your fitness routine to lose love handles quickly.
Utthita Trikonasana: Extended Triangle Pose
Stand tall with your feet about 3-feet apart. Turn the left foot slightly in toward the right and your right foot forward 90 degrees. Align the right heel with the left arch, raise your arms parallel to the floor, and reach them actively out to the sides with palms facing down.
As you inhale, gaze over right your fingertips. Then exhale; drop your torso over the right leg. Bend from the hip joint, not the waist. Rest your right hand on your shin, ankle or grab the big toe. Keep both legs straight, thighs engaged. Stretch the left arm up towards the sky, directly above the shoulder with your palm facing forward. Turn your head upwards, look at the left thumb or gaze towards the floor. Press the outer edge of left foot firmly to the floor. Rotate the torso open to the left to lengthen. Stay for five breath cycles, and then switch sides.
- Activates the lower obliques and lengthens the upper obliques.
- Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees and ankles.
- Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine.
- Relieves backache.