3. Side Bend with Dumbbells
This exercise targets your obliques, which are the muscles in your waist, also known as ‘love handles’. The side bend strengthens the muscles while also increasing flexibility in women. Standing straight up, hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides, arms down and your core muscles engaged. Slowly bend to the left as far as you can – without twisting your upper body – lowering the weight toward your left knee. Hold for 1-to-2 seconds before slowly returning to an upright position. Repeat on the right side to complete a full rep. Do 3 full sets of 10 to 15 reps.