By now, you know the importance of diet and exercise when it comes to staying healthy and toning your body. But sometimes, no matter how intense your workout or strict your diet plan, you can’t seem to trim that stubborn belly fat or firm your thighs. You might be able to fit into your skinny jeans, but there’s still some pudge that continues to stay put. Fortunately, you’re not the only one who’s experiencing this frustration. Try some of these workouts, organized by trouble area, and stay consistent to get the body you’ve always dreamed of.
1. Belly Pouch
If abs are your trouble spot, you’ve likely tried doing crunches to no end. Next time you lay down for the next set of sit-ups, try Runner’s World’s twist – literally – on the classic exercise. As you come up from a standard crunch, twist your torso so your right elbow touches the outer side of your left knee and hold that position for a count of two. Lower yourself back down to the resting position and repeat on the opposite side, bringing your left elbow to the outer edge of your right knee.
2. Love Handles
Shape Magazine explained an exercise that targets love handles while also improving your balance and coordination in the process. Start by lunging with your right foot forward and your knee slightly bent. Keep your arms out in front of you and bring both hands together. Slowly rotate your torso and point your right arm up to the ceiling, and let your head follow so you’re gazing up at your extended arm. Bring your arm and torso back down to the resting position and repeat the movement on your opposite side, with your left foot extended in front of you. Try to do 10 reps on each side to trim your waistline and finally get rid of your flank.
3. Inner Thighs
The thigh gap trend may have come and gone, but you might still want to cut down on your inner thigh fat. Prevention Magazine recommended this exercise, which is a variation of a classic bridge movement that’s mainly meant to target your glutes. Lie down flat on your back with your hands down by your sides and your palms on the ground. Your knees should be bent with your feet flat on the floor. Place a rolled up towel in between your knees and squeeze them together to keep it from slipping. Pushing down on your feet, lift your pelvis to the ceiling while continuing to keep the towel between your knees. Lower yourself back down to the resting position and repeat for three sets of 10.
4. Outer Thighs
Many people have a stubborn bulge on their outer thighs, and that can be unsightly – especially for women who want to wear their bikinis in confidence this summer. Try this simple movement to slowly chip away at them and get the silhouette you’ve always wanted. Stand straight up with your feet together and a chair or table in front of you for support. Lift your right leg to the side and bring it as far up to the ceiling as possible. Repeat the motion for three sets of 10 on both sides.
The secret weapon
These exercises can target your trouble areas, but the fat cells will still remain in your body. To truly kill fat cells in these areas, turn to CoolSculpting. The treatment is noninvasive, and 20 percent of the fat cells treated are destroyed. Come in to Ideal Image for a free consultation and see how you can add the procedure to your diet and exercise plan for optimal fat reduction.