7 exercises you can do to lose your muffin top 7 exercises you can do to lose your muffin top
Having a muffin top bulging out can be frustrating, as it means that you are unable to wear certain clothes. Depressing news: they can... 7 exercises you can do to lose your muffin top

Having a muffin top bulging out can be frustrating, as it means that you are unable to wear certain clothes. Depressing news: they can be one of the hardest parts of the body to shed off the excess fats, largely because they are part of the core muscles.

As we at HealthLoco always say: impossible is nothing. All you need is effort and dedication on your part.  Here are 5 simple muffin top exercises that you can do to lose your muffin top:

1. Side bends

side bends

Photo: workoutlabs

This is a simple move. It is best to do a number of reps for better results. Grab some dumbells to add some resistance to the exercise.

How to do it:

  • Start in a standing position with your feet hip distance apart.
  • Bend from your hips towards your right foot, keeping your left hand on your hip.
  • Do the same for your left side.
  • Continue for 3 sets of 30 on each side.

2. The hands-up hop

hands up hop

Photo: fashiongrove

How to do it:

  • Stand up, your feet hip-width apart.
  • Bend your knees slightly.
  • Put your hands on your hips.
  • Raise your right knee stepping forward.
  • Stretch your arms up above your head and hop up.
  • Land with your feet together.
  • Repeat this 20 times.

3. Side plank knee tuck

side plank knee tuck

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Now, this workout is highly effective for persistent love handles and muffin tops.

How to do it:

  • Begin this exercise by lying on your left side, with your legs straight.
  • Prop the body up with the left forearm while keeping the rest of the body straight, head to heel.
  • Your hips should be lifted and core tightened all the way to the shoulders.
  • Slowly raise your right leg and bring it towards the chest.
  • Hold for 3 seconds then slowly return the right leg to the starting position.
  • Turn to the right side and do the same for the left leg.
  • Repeat this 10 to 12 times for each leg.

4. Dead bug

dead bug

Photo: fondastrong

This exercise will help you to strengthen your core muscles in the abdomen. It will also help you to burn fat in your belly.

How to do it:

  • Lie down straight on your back and raise your legs.
  • Bend your knees in a perpendicular position.
  • Raise your arms straight, parallel and perpendicular to the ground.
  • Take your left arm and stretch it beyond your head while straightening your right leg.
  • This is one rep.
  • Do this 20 times for best results.

5. Alternating toe touches

toe touches

Photo: workoutlabs

How to do it:

  • First, lie on your back with your back pressed against the floor.
  • Then, lift one leg up in the air while slowly lifting your body off the ground.
  • Using your opposite arm, try to reach out to touch your toe.
  • Bring your body down to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the other side.
  • Do this for 30 reps.

Start doing these muffin top exercises today to lose your muffin top.

Cover photo from: Google

6. Hula hooping

Photo: Real simple

The hula hoop may come across as a child’s toy but it is actually a really good exercise for the whole body.Using a hula hoop works your arm, leg and core muscles. The best thing? It is fun and relaxing to do.

How to do:

  • First, put on something comfortable to wear.
  • Bring the hula hoop to your waist level. Make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart to balance yourself.
  • Grip the side of the hoops firmly with your two hands.
  • Then, firmly spin the hoops anti-clockwise.
  • Then, start to move your hips in the circular motion to keep the hula hoop spinning on your waist.
  • Do this for about 20 to 30 minutes.

7. Russian twist with a resistance band

Photo: Workoutlabs

The Russian Twist is a popular core exercise that improves oblique strength and definition. This exercise can be performed with a medicine ball, a dumbbell, or a resistance band.

How to do it: 

  • Sit on the floor with your leg together and extended.
  • Wrap the resistance band at the sole of your feet, holding each end of the band in each hand.
  • Bend your knees slightly while keeping your heels on the floor.
  • Clasp your hands together and straighten it until your hands are at your eye level.
  • Then, lean back at a 45-degree angle with your abs engaged.
  • With your abs tight, turn your upper body to the right.
  • Then, turn to the left.
  • Repeat this for 30 times for 3 sets.

 

 

Vickie Ng

Vickie Ng

Vickie is a day dreamer and someone who is passionate about the world of words. The odd one in her family and amongst her group of friends. Her minds often wander elsewhere, usually thinking of interesting and unusual things. She also has an addiction for travel and craves for it 100% of the time.

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