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Love Handles Workout for Runners (+ Awesome Workout Video) ❤

Are you a passionate runner but tired of dealing with pesky love handles?

Have no fear. Kola is here!!

Today’s workout is an effective and targeted workout specifically designed for runners like you who want to get rid of those extra inches around the waist.

With a combination of standing only core exercises and interval training, you’ll be able to sculpt your midsection and improve your running performance.

Say goodbye to love handles and hello to a fitter, stronger you!

Get ready to hit the trails, road, or pavement with confidence.

Love Handles Workout for Runners: How this Workout Works

This love handles workout works by burning calories in the quickest and easiest way possible.

This is achieved through a combination of exercises specially selected by a Certified Personal Trainer, intense focus on standing only exercises (you never need to get on the floor), and strengthening the deep core and oblique muscles that pull in, tighten and tone the waist.

When combined with a responsible approach to eating, this love handles workout is highly effective for burning fat to reveal a smoother, more toned waistline.

Exercises in this Workout for Love Handles

Love Handles Workout for Runners Exercise 1: side bends

side bends exercise demo

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Quick tips to do side bends correctly.

  • As you perform the side bends, focus on bending sideways at the waist, reaching towards one side while keeping your upper body and hips facing forward.
  • Focus on the stretch and lengthening sensation on the opposite side as you perform each side bend
  • Imagine yourself as a graceful tree swaying in the wind as you perform the side bends, finding strength and stability in your core.
  • Engage your glutes and leg muscles to provide a strong foundation and stability as you perform the side bends, emphasizing the strength in your lower body.
  • Focus on maintaining a neutral spine throughout the exercise, avoiding excessive leaning or arching of your back.

Love Handles Workout for Runners Exercise 2: jumping jacks with low impact option

jumping jacks with low impact option exercise demo

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Quick tips to do jumping jacks with low impact option correctly.

  • Suck your belly in to keep your core engaged. Focus most of your effort on moving your legs
  • Move as quickly as you can once you have the movement down
  • Lock your eyes on a stationary object in front of you to help you maintain a straight back
  • For lower impact, focus on stepping your foot as fast as you can. No jumping needeed
  • Pay attention to creating a consistent pace. Don’t start too fast to the point of being unable to complete the round. A nice steady pace is best.

Love Handles Workout for Runners Exercise 3: standing marches

standing marches exercise demo

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Quick tips to do standing marches correctly.

  • Aim to lift your knee till it reaches inbetween your elbows or as high as your flexibility allows
  • Let your belly do the work of slightly bending your torso and raising each leg
  • Start slow, then increase the pace as you feel comfortable
  • Tense the muscles in your belly area to feel the full effect of the standing marches exercise

Love Handles Workout for Runners Exercise 4: low high kicks

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Quick tips to do low high kicks correctly.

  • Keep your arms together for balance
  • Alternatively, hold on to a wall or chair
  • Focus your eyes on the kicking leg to help engage the muscles
  • Lock your core into place (suck in your stomach) Start slow and low Your balancing leg should be kept flat on the floor so you always have a stable base
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and avoid holding tension in your neck

Love Handles Workout for Runners Exercise 5: oblique twist

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Quick tips to do oblique twist correctly.

  • Let your hands move freely as you do oblique twists
  • As you twist your torso, focus on rotating from your waist rather than just moving your arms or shoulders.
  • Exhale as you twist, imagining that you are wringing out a towel with your abdominal muscles.
  • Keep your hips square and facing forward to prevent your knees from collapsing inward
  • Maintain a steady and controlled pace throughout the exercise, avoiding any jerky or abrupt movements

3 Love Handles Tips for Runners

Skip These Types of Carbs

Refined carbohydrates include white bread, white pasta, hard candy, gas station food, grocery store donuts, and more.

These foods contribute to weight gain and storage of fat as love handles.

Instead, of these foods, it’s best to choose whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread.

These whole grain foods provide more fiber, nutrients, and support the body in losing love handles.

Do 30 Minutes of Structured Exercise

Do your best to get in at least 30 minutes of structured exercise everyday (except your rest days).

This can be anything from belly fat workouts to love handles workouts.

The main thing is to have a dedicated 30 minutes to structured exercise.

In addition to this, if you have time, incorporate other forms of movement into your day like walking, stretching, cycling or swimming.

Although any movement is better than no movement at all, 30 minutes of dedicated time for a structured workout is the gold standard for maintaining consistency.

And consistency is the King, Queen, Bishop, and Jury when it comes to losing love handles (or any kind of fat).

We have to stay consistent with our workouts to see results.

Try Mindful Eating

Practicing mindful eating can help reduce love handles.

Eating mindfully just means eating slowly and with intention.

This was (still is) a hard one for me personally but I try my best each meal.

In the beginning of my mindful eating journey, I actually had to set a timer to force myself to chew more. 😅

Some people recommend chewing each bite 30 times before swallowing.

It’s definitely a worthy goal to aspire to when eating more mindfully.

By eating mindfully, it is easier to pay attention to hunger and fullness cues. It also helps us to pay attention to the emotions driving us to eat particular foods.

This way, we make conscious choices about the food we eat. Instead of automatic, subconscious ones.

Love Handles Workout for Runners Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I know if I have love handles?

Good news! If you’re not sure if you have love handles, then most likely you don’t have them.

But if you want to be SUPER sure, put on a fitted bodysuit and look in the mirror.

If there are 2 or more bumps on the sides of the bodysuit, then you probably have love handles.

If there are no bumps then you don’t have love handles.

Please don’t pinch your waist to do this test. Let’s leave that for the ladies in stock photos.

Are love handles normal?

Love handles are totally normal and natural.

Each person stores fat differently – and for some people – that fat gets deposited in the waist.

This does not say anything about health – which is the most important thing.

People of all shapes and sizes have love handles.

How do you get rid of love handles?

Love handles, also known as excess fat around the waistline, can be stubborn and difficult to get rid of.

But it can be done.

Here’s how to get rid of love handles.

1. Workout

To get rid of love handles, you want to make sure you have a regular and consistent workout routine.

Ideally, your workout routine should include love handles workouts like the ones provided on this page.

This will stimulate your body to burn the excess fat stored around the waist.

2. Caloric deficit

To lose love handles, you need to create a caloric deficit. This means consuming fewer calories than your body requires.

This forces the body to use some of the fat currently stored as love handles for energy.

After hearing this, some women try to create a huge calorie deficit in hopes of getting faster results.

Usually, this approach backfires because it can throw some hormones off and create fat storage (instead of loss).

My preference as a Certified Personal Trainer is to stick with a small to moderate caloric deficit.

This tends to be a more sustainable and highly effective approach to reducing love handles.

3. Healthy eating:

This goes along with the previous point. It is much easier to create a caloric deficit while eating lightly processed (or unprocessed) foods.

I personally enjoy a few raw brazil nuts every morning 😃

I’m not even going to play you. They don’t taste anything like oreos but they feel good in my belly when I eat them.

They are also so satiating that I don’t crave more after eating just 3. I can’t say the same for oreos. haha

So – focus on unprocessed foods. They are less likely to trigger cravings and overeating the way highly engineered foods can.

4. Aim for 4 weeks

Here’s a secret I don’t want to share.

Love handles take at least 4 weeks to appear and become visible to the point that they bother us.

Given this fact, you should also give yourself at least 4 weeks of consistent exercise and healthy eating to start to notice visible changes.

This doesn’t mean the love handles will disappear in 4 weeks. It just means, don’t quit before 4 weeks is up.

It’s okay to “mess up” along the way. For example, missing one workout. Or eating oreos for breakfast one stressful day.

Those things are just a part of life. The key is to keep going and make yourself proud by being consistent 4 weeks – minimum.

How long does it take to lose love handles?

Give yourself a minimum of four weeks to start to see visible results.

The exact time it will take varies from person to person, but in my experience as a personal trainer, the average time you need to SEE changes is about four weeks.

🔔Keep in mind that changes are happening in your body before this 4 week mark – especially if you’re doing my workouts.

People that do my workouts FEEL a difference immediately from the very first workout.

So exercise patience, stay consistent and you will see your love handles start to reduce.

And since 4 weeks is just the average, some people start to see results faster than that. While others see results a bit later.

Some of the factors that influence how quickly you see results are your current body weight, body fat percentage, steps taken per day, genetics, hormones. macros, quantity of food consumed on a daily basis, sleep quality, and more.

Of all these factors, the top 3 things you can control are diet, exercise and stress.

What are love handles?

Love handles, also known as muffin tops, are excess pockets of fat that sit right at the sides of the waist.

They are called love handles because when a loved one puts their hand around the waist, they can usually feel the fat deposit rolls on the waist.

It surprises me that we have turned a loving gesture (a loved one holding our waist) into a source of insecurity (omg! they can feel the fat rolls there).

But I’m not here to judge. I’m only here to help.

Love handles are extra frustrating for people that want a more toned and sculpted midsection.

Those that want an hourglass figure.

And anyone that is worried about their loved ones feeling bumps or rolls while holding their waist.

Love handles can be stubborn and difficult to get rid of.

But it is actually very possible to get rid of love handles completely.

Workout Options (Love Handles Workout for Runners)

There are two workout options for love handles workout for runners in this post.

Regardless of the option you choose, please be sure to do a thorough warm up and cool down.

Here’s a good multi-purpose warm up that most people can easily do.

  • 20 sec jumping jacks
  • 20 sec squats
  • 20 sec lunges

Do twice.

For your cool down, I recommend doing your favorite gentle streches for at least 5 minutes.

Love Handles Workout for Runners Workout Video (Option 1):

Do you want to try a follow along love handles workout?

Simply press play on the video below.

It’s only 10 minutes long. You’ll be done before you know it!

Workout Video: Love Handles Workout | Home Workout for Women

Love Handles Workout for Runners (Option 2):

Do you want to try a self-paced love handles workout for runners workout?

I have you covered.

Follow the workout outline below.

Love Handles Workout for Runners: Workout Outline

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  • Love Handles Workout for Runners-side bends exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for Runners-jumping jacks with low impact option exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for Runners-standing marches exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for Runners-low high kicks exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for Runners-oblique twist exercise
 
Disclaimer: This or any other exercise program may result in injury. Always consult your doctor / physician before beginning this or any other workout or exercise program. By performing any of the exercises in this program or on this site, you agree to the full disclaimer and assume ALL risks of injury from doing so. Koboko Fitness is NOT responsible or liable for any injury or loss you may sustain by participating in this workout or any exercise program. Read the full disclaimer here before you begin.

Workout Instructions (1/2)

Do each exercise for 30 seconds. Take a 10 second break between each exercise.

  1. side bends
  2. jumping jacks with low impact option
  3. standing marches
  4. low high kicks
  5. oblique twist

Workout Instructions (2/2)

Once you complete all the exercises above as explained, take a 1 minute break, then repeat the exercises as follows

  1. oblique twist
  2. low high kicks
  3. standing marches
  4. jumping jacks with low impact option
  5. side bends

Once you complete this second round, congratulations! Your love handles workout for runners workout is complete!

Want another workout? Try this love handles workout.

A few things to note:

  • Whenever there are 2 exercises shown side by side, one is a lower impact modification. Always go with the lower impact version if you are a beginner or have not exercised in a long time.
  • If I show an exercise that you do one leg (or arm) at a time, do the leg (or arm) shown for 15 seconds. Then do your other leg (or arm) for the remaining 15 seconds.

It’s easier for me to show you how to do it with just one arm or leg in this post. But if you’re doing my full-length follow along Premium workout videos, I always show both sides of every exercise.

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