10 Effective Exercises To Reduce Side Fat July 9, 2015

Have you been struggling to get rid of that side fat but are unable to? Do you wonder what kind of exercises can help you remove side fat quickly and effectively? Side fat does look very unappealing and is generally the first to appear and the last to go.

What if there are certain super-simple exercises that can help you get rid of side fat faster than you had thought? You would love it, wouldn’t you? Wondering how to reduce side fat by exercise? Then you got to read this post and try out the top exercises that can kick off that side fat real fast!


Exercises To Reduce Side Fat – Top 10:

1. Starfish:

Starfish Excercise

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Starfish is a variation of Side Plank, which is a killer move for reducing side fat.

How To Do:

  1. Get in the side plank position and get hold of your balance.
  2. Once you are properly balanced, stack one foot on top of the other and raise your arm into the air.
  3. Now, lift the leg on top and straighten it. At the same time, try to touch your toe with your hand and then return to the starting position.
  4. Do 15 reps and repeat on the other side.

2. Side Plank Circles:

Side plank Circles Excercise

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Side Plank Circles targets your oblique muscles, muffin tops, love handles, lower belly pooch and tones your bum.

How To Do:

  1. Get into a side plank position and lower the knee closer to the floor. Lift your upper leg until it is horizontal and straight.
  2. Now start tracing big circles with that leg.
  3. Trace 20 circles clockwise and 20 anticlockwise and then repeat on the other side.

[ Read: Simple Exercises To Reduce Belly Fat ]

3. Oblique Crunch:

Oblique Crunch Excercise

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Oblique Crunch targets the oblique muscles and helps in reducing all the side fat. It targets not just the lower fat but upper fat as well.

How To Do:

  1. Lie down on your back and lift your legs with bent knees until your calves become horizontal.
  2. Put your left hand behind your head and straighten your right arm to your side.
  3. Now pressing your right forearm onto the ground, lift your left side of your torso and try to touch your left elbow to your left knee.
  4. Turn your left knee towards your left elbow as you lift your left torso.
  5. Do 10 reps and repeat on the other side.

4. Piked Elbow Twists:

Piked Elbow Twists Excercise

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Piked Elbow Twist is an effective exercise to lose side fat by targeting your obliques. The move was introduced by Pop Pilates instructor Cassey Ho to fight love handles.

How To Do:

  1. Lie down on the floor with your legs straight and arms extended.
  2. Now lift your straight legs and arms in a sit-up position until your torso is off the floor and you are balancing on your butt.
  3. If straight legs are very difficult for you, you can bend your knees until your calves are horizontal. Maintain that position.
  4. Now twisting your torso to your right side, bend your right arms and touch the right elbow to the floor.
  5. Twist to your left and touch your left elbow to the floor.
  6. Keep alternating and do 20 reps.

5. Triangle With Dumbbell:

Triangle With Dumbbell Excercise

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Triangle pose is a great stretching exercise for your sides and hamstrings. But when you add dumbbells to the move, it becomes a very effective for toning your obliques.

How To Do:

  1. Stand with your feet wide apart. Point your left foot leftward and your right foot forward.
  2. Hold a dumbbell in your right hand. You should use your heavy weight dumbbell and straighten that arm overhead, slightly sideways.
  3. Now bend to your left side and try to reach the floor on the left with your left hand.
  4. Go as low as you can without compromising the position and with your back straight.
  5. Do 15 reps on each side.

6. Mermaid:

Mermaid Excercise

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This Pilates move concentrates on your side muscles specifically. It is good for killing muffin tops and love handles and is an effective waist cincher.

How To Do:

  1. Lie down on your right side with your legs straight and feet stacked together.
  2. You can cross your ankles if it helps, but keep them together.
  3. Also, keep your legs slightly forward so that you rest on your bum cheek and not on your hip.
  4. Lift your legs up as high as you can and lower them back down.
  5. Do 15 reps.

[ Read: Simple Ways To Lose Upper Back Fat In A Week ]

7. Leg Lifts:

Leg Lifts Excercise

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Leg lifts are very effective in killing the lower belly fat and muffin tops.

How To Do:

  1. Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor.
  2. Place your hand under your bum and straighten both your legs.
  3. Lift your legs up as high as you can and lower them back without touching the floor. Keep the legs straight at all times.
  4. Do 15 reps.

8. Hip Dips:

Hip Dips Excercise

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This move is very effective for toning your oblique muscles along with all the benefits of a side plank.

How To Do:

  1. Get in a forearm plank position and roll to one side in forearm side plank position.
  2. After you get your balance, place your free hand on your hip and start dipping your lower hip to the floor up and down.
  3. Do 15 reps on each side.

9. Dumbbell Side Bend:

Dumbbell Side Bend Excercise

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Dumbbell side bend is just an advanced version of your side bend stretching exercise. It is a killer move that can annihilate your side fat with all the grace of a ballerina.

How To Do:

  1. Grab a dumbbell in each hand and stand with your feet hip width apart.
  2. Bend from your waist to your left side as low as you can and at the same time sweep your arms in an arch overhead as you bend.
  3. Straighten up and repeat on the other side.
  4. Keep alternating and do 20 reps.

[ Read: Yoga Asanas To Reduce Belly Fat ]

10. Tummy Tuck:

Tummy Tuck Excercise

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This is again a total body move that is very effective for toning arms, abs, and attacking that stubborn side fat. The move is done in 3 parts, but beginners can start with just 1 part and then slowly progress to do the complete exercise.

How To Do:

  1. Stand with your feet apart and abs tight.
  2. Bend forward with your legs straight and walk forward with your hands until you are in a plank position.
  3. Bend your right knee and try to touch it to your right elbow.
  4. Now take that knee to the centre and touch your chest.
  5. Now take it to the left and touch it to your left elbow
  6. Straighten back the leg and repeat with your left leg.
  7. Keep alternating and do 15 reps.

Most of these exercises to reduce side fat are very simple and can be done by beginners. So stop enduring that stubborn side fat and kill it with these exercises.

Do you have side fat? Do you practice any particular exercise for side fat reduction? Share some tips with us in the comments section below!

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