Day 42: Love Handles Be Gone!

The love handle area along your sides above your waist is a tough area to target. Fitness experts say that unless you play tennis, the internal and external obliques - the two muscle pairs that help you twist and turn - are largely unused in daily life. The result? Love handles. These two exercises will help you tighten your waist and get you on your way to a smooth silhouette. To see results, do each exercise two or three days a week, taking a day of rest between workouts.
 
Seated Knee Drop
 
Step 1: Sit back on your hip bones and place your hands on the floor behind you for balance.
 
Step 2: Bend your knees, press your ankles together, and lower your legs to the right.
 
Step 3: Contract your abdominals and obliques and slowly pull your legs up and over to the left.
 
Step 4: Repeat from side to side for one minute. Be sure to use your muscles, not momentum, to do the work.

Side Crunch
 
Step 1: Lie on your right side with your legs extended.
 
Step 2: Cross your right arm across your waist and place your hand on your left side.
 
Step 3: Bring your left fingertips behind your ear, with your elbow pointed toward the ceiling.
 
Step 4: Contract your obliques and lift your shoulders off the floor while raising your left leg about a foot off the floor.
 
Step 5: Hold for the count of two, then slowly return to the starting position.
 
Step 6: Repeat three times, then switch sides. 
 
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