“Love handles” is a term that is used to describe that area of your waist that allows for others to grab on to you, as if it was a handle rather than a roll of extra skin and fat.
While love handles are traditionally at the side of the body, just above the hips, the term is used to describe more than just this area. By working to improve this area you will improve your entire waistline, from your stomach muscles to your sides to your back muscles.
Many start off with working on improving their love handles because of the way that they look. That’s a noble cause, but for health concerns, you should target this area anyway. Researchers have found that excess weight around the middle is a clear indication that an individual will suffer from heart risks at an accelerated level. In other words, by having a larger middle area, you increase your chances of developing things like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.