The benefits of exercise can’t be overstated, especially in uncertain times. Exercise is a great mood booster, helps you to lose weight and build muscle, and improves your overall health. It’s also very empowering to see your body change as a result of your efforts. With exercise, you’re the one in control. Even if you don’t have access to a gym, you can target areas like the flanks with a challenging at-home workout that doesn’t require any machines. Here are 5 exercises to slim the flanks area, no equipment needed.
You might already have some idea, but just to be clear: the flanks are the areas on either side of the body that extends from the hip to the bottom of the ribcage, wrapping from the front to the back. They tend to be one of the most stubborn areas to lose excess fat from, along with the abdomen and thighs, which is why they’re also one of the most common areas for body treatments. You’ve no doubt heard the terms “love handles,” “muffin top,” and other euphemisms—the flanks is what those terms refer to.
We’ll start our flanks workout with Mountain Climbers because they have a cardio component, which makes them a terrific warmup exercise. Mountain Climbers get your heart rate up fast while also firing nearly every muscle group in the body—deltoids, biceps, triceps, chest, obliques, abdominals, quads, hamstrings, and hip abductors. They’re truly a full-body workout, but they’re also very accessible because you can do them anywhere, whatever your level of fitness.
This unique abdominal exercise is ideal for a flanks workout because it engages all of your core muscles from front to back. It’s also great because you can make it easier or more difficult by changing the angle of your body (a wider V is more challenging), or by adding weight. Try these holding a small dumbbell or other weighty objects, and you’ll really feel the burn.
Basic crunches are old news. Designed to target the obliques, the transverse abdominous, and the rectus abdominous, this move is a performance powerhouse. It also helps with stabilization and balance, since this is a standing exercise.
Woodchoppers are tricky to get just right, but once you do, you’ll be amazed at how good they are at getting to those little muscles in the hips and flanks that often get overlooked. You can do these holding a small weighted object, a dumbbell, or make it even more challenging, a kettlebell.
Many people find this to be one of the most challenging exercises, but planks are truly the best for core strength. Plus, if you do them regularly, they won’t seem that difficult after a while.
Staying fit while you’re stuck at home is a major challenge, and you might find that even with exercise, the stress and inactivity of recent months have left you with a few extra inches you didn’t have before. Venus Bliss™ fat treatments are ideal for targeting stubborn areas of fat in areas like the flanks, abdomen, and inner thighs. These areas are especially prone to accumulating fatty tissue due to stress. With or without exercise, they can melt away excess fat around the waistline for that slim, smooth physique you’re after. The treatments are comfortable, effective, and quick, with no downtime—they’re delivered in 15-30 minute sessions, less time than it takes to do a regular workout! They’re also far less costly than surgical options, like liposuction or tummy tucks.
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