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Love Handles Workout for the Holidays (+ Useful Workout Video) 🔥

It’s your lucky day, you’re looking at the love handles workout for the holidays.

Looking to keep your waistline snatched despite the all holiday season?

No judgement here. I’ve gotchu covered.

This love handles workout is here to help you achieve that sleek and toned midsection all day everyday!

Say goodbye to stubborn love handles and hello to a bodyody.

Feel confident and strong at all your festive gatherings this holiday season.

And rock that little black dress or fitted suit with ease.

Get ready to sweat, sculpt, and slay those love handles!

Love Handles Workout for the Holidays: 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.

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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 the Holidays Exercise 1: pushing bends with modification

pushing bends with modification exercise demo
Want to avoid doing pushing bends with modification incorrectly? Try this Premium workout video. So you can be confident you’re not wasting any time. Try it free for 14 days.

Quick tips to do pushing bends with modification correctly.

  • Remember to pulse twice on each side as you do the pushing bend exercise
  • The modification involves holding a light dumbbell to provide additional resistance while doing the exercise
  • Focus on bending sideways at the waist while simultaneously holding your arms together above your head
  • Keep your chest lifted and your shoulders relaxed. Avoid any leaning or rounding of your upper body.
  • Remember to perform the exercise on both sides, alternating between bending towards each side to target both sets of oblique muscles.


Love Handles Workout for the Holidays Exercise 2: clap jacks

clap jacks exercise demo
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Quick tips to do clap jacks correctly.

  • When you jump your feet, aim to have them go wider than shoulder width apart
  • Avoid hunching over or arching your back during the exercise
  • Clap your hands overhead and jump your feet apart simultaneously
  • Use your arms to help generate momentum and power for your jumps
  • If you need a break from clapping, rest your hands on your waist throughout the exercise instead of clapping


Love Handles Workout for the Holidays Exercise 3: knee to elbows

knee to elbows exercise demo
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Quick tips to do knee to elbows correctly.

  • Imagine a string connecting your knee and elbow to enhance muscle engagement.
  • Aim to bring your knee as close to your elbow as possible without compromising your form or straining your lower back.
  • Keep your shoulders down and away from your ears to avoid unnecessary tension in the upper body.
  • Breathe steadily throughout the exercise, inhaling deeply as you prepare to bring your knee to your elbow and exhaling as you extend your leg back out to the starting position.
  • Don’t panic if you feel a burn in your thigh as you do this exercise. It is totally normal and will subside as your core gets stronger and begins to do more of the work


Love Handles Workout for the Holidays Exercise 4: fly jacks with low impact option

fly jacks with low impact option exercise demo
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Quick tips to do fly jacks with low impact option correctly.

  • Make sure you do not strain your neck by always keeping yourself facing forward The same goes for your back – do not put extra strain on your legs by bending your back
  • You want to synchronize the movements of your arms and legs Engage your core to stay centered as you move your arms and legs
  • You can leave objects at your side so that you can make sure each step in and out has a consistency to it


Love Handles Workout for the Holidays Exercise 5: standing jackknives

standing jackknives exercise demo
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Quick tips to do standing jackknives correctly.

  • Engage your glutes and leg muscles as you lift your leg. To do this effectively, you will need to maintain tension in your belly area for stability and balance.
  • Focus on maintaining an upright and tall posture. Avoid rounding your shoulders or hunching forward. Stand tall with your chest lifted and your spine in a neutral position.
  • Instead of simply letting your leg drop down, control the descent by engaging your core and slowly lowering your leg back to the starting position.
  • When reaching for your foot, hold that position for a few seconds before slowly returning to the starting position. Isometric contractions can help strengthen your muscles and improve stability.
  • Pay attention to the position and alignment of your feet and ankles. Ensure that they are facing forward and aligned with your knees and hips. This will help maintain stability.
  • Instead of relying solely on the movement of your leg, focus on initiating the lift from your core muscles.


3 Love Handles Tips for the Holidays

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.

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.



Love Handles Workout for the Holidays Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.

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 there any specific diet tips or nutritional recommendations that can help in getting rid of love handles?

Yes, there are specific diet tips and nutritional recommendations that can help in getting rid of love handles.

Love handles, also known as excess fat around the waistline, can be stubborn to get rid of, but with the right diet and nutrition, it is possible to reduce their appearance.

1. Correct Nutrition Goals

The first thing to look at is your nutrition goals.

Why?

Because the way to eat to lose love handles is totally different from the way to eat to grow a booty.

I see WAY too many women trying to lose love handles and GROW a booty at the same time.

Let’s not do that this year 😊

This year, let’s eat according to our goals.

The next tip follows from here.

2. Calorie Deficit Goal

To lose love handles, the correct nutrition goal is to create a calorie deficit.

A calorie deficit means consuming fewer calories than your body needs to maintain its current weight.

The amount of this deficit (200 calories? 300? 500?) is totally and completely up to you.

To achieve a calorie deficit, you can reduce portion sizes, choose unprocessed foods, and avoid drinking calories (soda, lemonade, etc.)

📝 Please don’t assume that a bigger calorie deficit is automatically better.

Some people make progress faster by following a more conservative deficit goal.

Experiment with different goals and follow the deficit that works for you!

I’m a moderate deficit girlie myself. I can’t do the whole huge calorie deficit thing. I like food too much for that 😂

3. Stay hydrated

Drinking enough water is essential for overall health and keeping love handles away.

Water helps in digestion, keeps you feeling full, aids in the removal of waste from the body, and boosts post-exercise recovery.

Most adults should aim to drink at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water per day.

You can even boost the effectiveness of your water intake by adding electrolytes.

What are the health risks of having love handles?

Some of the risks that love handles can pose to good health are the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and more.

These diseases not only limit enjoyment of life, but they also pose a significant financial burden due to the cost of prescription, treatment and testing.

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.



Workout Options (Love Handles Workout for the Holidays)

There are two workout options for love handles workout for the holidays 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 the Holidays 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 the Holidays (Option 2):

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

I have you covered.

Follow the workout outline below.

Love Handles Workout for the Holidays: Workout Outline

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  • Love Handles Workout for the Holidays-pushing bends with modification exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for the Holidays-clap jacks exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for the Holidays-knee to elbows exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for the Holidays-fly jacks with low impact option exercise
  • Love Handles Workout for the Holidays-standing jackknives 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. pushing bends with modification
  2. clap jacks
  3. knee to elbows
  4. fly jacks with low impact option
  5. standing jackknives

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. standing jackknives
  2. fly jacks with low impact option
  3. knee to elbows
  4. clap jacks
  5. pushing bends with modification

Once you complete this second round, congratulations! Your love handles workout for the holidays 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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