We all want to look great in our shorts and swimsuits, but getting those toned thighs and hips are sometimes difficult to accomplish. Exercise may not be your favorite thing to do, but when you want to look great and stay healthy, it is much cheaper than surgery. Food seems to land on our trouble spots and never eating again is not the answer to getting off the pounds, so a bit of effort is needed to shape your body into the toned specimen that you have been dreaming about. Here are 4 exercises to tone your hips and thighs.
Walk and run
This is a simple thing to do, but it works. Running is great for getting your body in shape and it will make your thighs and hips look amazing. If you are not a fan of running, taking brisk walks will tone your thighs and hips just as well. Try walking on a treadmill at a high speed for about 10 to 15 minutes a day, and soon you will notice the difference, and you will feel the difference in your toned thighs.
Years of ballet has taught me how to keep my thighs in great shape. This is all about balance and stretching. Stand with your heels together and toes facing out, and bend from the knees. Hold on to something if you need to, and slide one foot out to about shoulder length. Bend your knees until you are squatting at 90 degrees and repeat this movement for about 30 times. If you want a bigger challenge, while you are down in a plie’ try balancing on the balls of your feet. Do 30 reps of just balancing on the balls of your feet.
Take the stairs
Stairs will do the trick. If you happen to have some stairs at home, walk up and down the stairs for an aerobic exercise for your hips and thighs. Try walking up two at a time, slowly and then walking back down normally and repeat. Do this for a full minute. If you work in an office building with stairs that would be a great chance to work your thighs and hips every day.
Hold two dumb bells while you lunge. Hold one dumb bell in each hand by your side as you lunge alternating legs keeping your back straight, and hold for a few seconds and repeat. You will feel this in your thighs, and for a bigger challenge use heavier weights in each hand.
These exercises are all very simple and not very difficult to do. Some of them can be done while you are at home watching TV or reading a book. The bottom line is, there is no excuse for not moving your body and working on yourself. It is all up to you.
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Originally posted 2015-07-23 07:42:40.