We hate our love handles! That extra stomach fat can appear out of nowhere, especially if you’ve just had kids or are dealing with menopause. You do not fit into your favorite pair of jeans and it really infuriates you. Fortunately there are plenty of practical things you can do to reduce love handles, including the five exercises below.

Do you know what causes love handles? These are some factors:

- imbalanced diet

- unhealthy lifestyle

- pregnancy and lactation

- alcohol

So let’s take a look at what you can do! Since Love Handles are made up of basic body fat do not pay attention to fad diets, extreme cleanses or any contraption that promises “6-pack abs” by Sunday. There are plenty of practical ways to burn belly fat that actually work! If you are hoping to break up with your love handles once and for all make sure that, in addition, to the workout below, you are doing these things:

1) get enough sleep

2) manage stress

3) eat clean

4) drink more water

5) get your cardio in

6) train your whole core

Here are five toning exercises designed to specifically target the love handles and that will have you feeling the burn! Combine this workout with the advice above and you will watch those love handles “waist” away. Dear, put on your favorite sports outfit and start on the path to the cultivation of your body. Just do it!

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#1. Flutter Kick

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#2. Glute Kickback

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#3. Leg Lifts in a Plank

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#4. Plank Knee to Elbow

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#5. Pilates Swimming

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