Love handles might sound sweet but let’s admit it — there’s not much to love about them. Especially when summer is coming and those who have been dreaming of getting in shape this year are starting to transform the way they look on the outside.

1. Russian twists

Russian twists are a great core body exercise that can strengthen all the parts of your abdominals.

How to do them:

  • Begin seated with the knees bent and the feet flat on the floor, hands in front of the chest.
  • Lean back at a 45-degree angle to the floor and lift your feet a couple of inches off the floor while keeping your spine long and the abdominals tight.
  • Start twisting the torso to the right and bring the hands alongside the right hip. Return to center, and then slowly twist to the left and bring the hands alongside the left hip. Keep balancing with your legs and torso raised up off the ground.

Perform 20 times on each side.

2. Side planks

Side planks are the perfect exercise for building strong abs.

How to do them:

  • Lay on the right side with your forearm flat on the floor.
  • Place the left hand on the side of your hip.
  • Keep your legs extended in a long line.
  • The feet can be staggered for more stability or stacked for a more difficult workout.
  • Engage your core and lift your hips off the mat.
  • Form a straight line from your head to your feet.

Hold this plank for 15 to 20 seconds. Then switch to the left side and hold for another 15-20 seconds.

3. Mountain climbers

Mountain climbers are one of the best exercises to help strengthen the core.

How to do them:

  • Get into a plank position.
  • Place hands shoulder-width apart, keeping your abs engaged and the back flat.
  • Pull the right knee into your chest as far as possible.
  • Pull it back and bring the left knee in.
  • Keep alternating the movement with both knees.

Repeat 20 times.

4. Bicycle crunches

Bicycle crunches are one of the best ab exercises.

How to do them:

  • Lie on the floor and press your lower back to the ground, keeping the knees bent.
  • Feet stay on the floor, hands placed behind your head.
  • Raise your legs to about a 90-degree angle.
  • Lift your head up and touch the right elbow to the left knee while pulling your knee up toward your head.
  • Straighten the other leg and keep them both elevated higher than your hips.
  • Rotate your torso so you can touch your elbow to the opposite knee as it comes up.
  • Use your abdominal muscles to rotate your torso so that your elbow can reach your knee.

Repeat 15 times on each side.

5. Alternating lunges

Alternating lunges are a great exercise for the abdominal muscles.

How to do them:

  • Step forward with your right leg and lower your body till your front knee is bent to at least 90 degrees.
  • Then push your left foot off the floor and return to the starting position as quickly as possible.
  • Step forward with the alternate leg and repeat.

Perform 15 times on each leg.

6. Vertical leg crunches

Vertical leg crunches help you to strengthen both your lower and upper abdominal muscles.

How to do them:

  • Lie on your mat and place the hands folded behind your neck.
  • Lift your legs up, extending them perpendicular to the floor and keeping the knees slightly bent.
  • Keep your lower spine flat on the floor.
  • Begin curling your upper body, lifting your shoulder blades off the ground.
  • Keep your legs straight and pointed upward.
  • Continue curling your body upward using your core muscles.
  • Try to keep your chin up without putting pressure on the neck.
  • Once your shoulder blades are off of the ground, pause and hold the position for a couple of seconds.

Perform 20 times.

7. Long arm crunches

Vertical leg crunches help you to build core strength and improve your posture by increasing muscular growth around the spine.

How to do them:

  • Lie on the mat with your knees bent and the feet flat.
  • Place your hands straight out behind your head.
  • Lift your shoulder blades and head up off the ground, keeping the arms next to your ears.
  • Hold for one second at the top of the move and lower them back to the floor.

Repeat for 15 reps.