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5 Exercise Moves to Tone Thighs

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Most women consider their thighs as their biggest problem because it is here where their indulgences often settle after eating too much chocolate cakes and ice creams. As the season grows hotter and clothes start to shrink, women aren’t too keen on the idea of wearing shorter outfits that will reveal their problem area. But should you worry about your thighs all the time? Of course not! There are ways to get back those toned thighs so you’ll have more confidence in flaunting your beautiful legs this coming summer season

For those who want to have toned and sculpted thighs, here are five exercises that you should do.

Bent-Knee Crossover

Go down on all fours with your back flat and your head down to create a straight line with your back. Lift your left leg up with your left knee still bent at a 90 degree angle so that the sole of your foot is facing towards the ceiling. Cross your left leg over to your right calf while keeping the muscles of your butt tight throughout. Go back to your first position then do the same with the other leg.

Sumo Squat with Side Arm Raises

This exercise is perfect for toning all areas of your thighs. See to it that you focus on squeezing your inner thighs as well as glutes to prevent the quad muscles from doing all the work. Stand up with your legs wide with toes pointing slightly outward so that the hips will be an external rotated pose. Your arms should be by your sides. Bend the knees until they are over your ankles with your arms raised to your sides. Straighten your legs while lowering your arms at the same time. Repeat this exercise for 50 seconds with the last 10 seconds holding the squat pose while pulsing up and down.

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Standing Abduction

Start this exercise by holding onto a wall with your left hand to keep your balance. Stand up straight with your knees bent slightly. With your right leg still extended and your right foot flexed, lift your right leg out and to the sides. Lift it as high as you can without making your upper body move. Hold this pose for a few seconds before lowering your leg back down. Do the same with the opposite leg.

Bridge with Squeeze

The basic bridge is designed to work the back of your legs but when you throw in a Pilates ring, ball, or even a towel, you will also target and tone your inner thighs. Start this exercise by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet about hip-width apart. Place the ball or towel between the knees. Place your arms by your sides then push your hips upwards until you form a bridge. Hold this pose for 2 counts then go back to your first position. Do this exercise for a full minute with the last 10 seconds holding the bridge at the peak and pulsing the towel to really work out your inner thighs.

Lunge

Stand up straight with your feet together while holding a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing toward your thighs. Take a giant step forward using your right leg then slowly lower your left knee towards the ground. Your right knee should be at a 90 degree angle at this time. Don’t forget to keep your back straight. Press on your right foot to bring yourself back up. Do 10 reps before switching to the other leg.

 

Sources:
http://www.prevention.com/fitness/strength-training/5-exercises-slim-hips-and-thighs
http://news.health.com/2015/04/09/5-moves-for-slim-toned-thighs/

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