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Follow These Easy Steps To Lose Inner Thigh Fat For Good

Follow These Easy Steps To Lose Inner Thigh Fat For Good

Though we might not admit it, a lot of us envy that little thigh gap. But sometimes it just feels like it will never be attainable, so rather than even try to tone our legs we sit back on the couch and drink another soda. It is attainable though! And far easier (and healthier) than starving yourself and spending 24/7 in the gym. To make it even easier for you, we’ve rounded up four of the top, easy exercises that you can do in your own home, along with a couple more steps to help with your diet and losing that inner thigh fat for good.

Eat well

Exercise alone won’t help you melt away that unwanted extra fat. The golden formula for ultimate weight loss and muscle toning is dieting plus exercise. And we don’t mean cutting out all sugar, gluten, and anything else that is supposedly bad. Dieting is ultimately about balance and moderation in all things. Start by cutting back on the sweets and sugary drinks and replace them with better snacks and calorie-free drinks. Some great snacks to replace them with are almonds, avocados, berries, and smoothies.

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    Second, begin to increase your meal frequency rather than cutting any out. Eating small meals more often than the regular three helps your body stay fuller longer. Eat a small meal when your first wake up and then continue to do this every two or three hours for the entire day. These small meals don’t have to be “meals” either; they can be something as simple as a cup of soup or yogurt with granola and fruit.

    Oh, cardio!

    Along with dieting, exercise needs to be accompanied by good, old fashioned cardio. But for today, it really isn’t old fashioned anymore. From Zumba to spin class to our steady friend the treadmill, getting your cardio on is now a lot more fun than just doing a quick run around the neighborhood. If cutting back on calories is too hard on your body, be sure to, once again, balance it out with something–namely, cardio. Cardio burns calories better than anything else and it also helps to metabolize that little extra fat you might be carrying. The best part about cardio? Doing a mere 30 minutes three times a week will help shape and tone your muscles. So throw on a pair of yoga pants or shorts and get up and going.

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      Top thigh-thinning exercises

      Targeting those inner thigh muscles with these following leg exercises will be the icing on the cake (sorry for the analogy):

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      Side Lunge

      side lunge

        Like the regular lunge, the side lunge is a killer for your legs. The side lunge is near perfection for your inner thigh muscles. If you want an extra challenge, grab a pair of dumbbells to hold while doing the lunges.

        Start with your feet together, step wide with your left foot bending your left knee in a lunge. Be sure to keep your right leg straight as you lower yourself down to the floor with your left knee over your left ankle. Don’t bend at the waist, but maintain your upper body in an upright position. Push back up with your left foot and bring your feet back together. Repeat this on your right side and do 10 reps for each leg.

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        Leg Lift

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          Sit on the floor with your left leg stretched out and your right leg bent with your foot flat on the floor. Lean over on your left elbow and forearm. Lift your left leg up from the floor, keep it straight. Point your toes to help. Don’t lock your knee but don’t bend it (soft knee as it’s called). Try not to let your foot hit the ground as it comes down. Repeat this for 30 seconds on each side. If you’re unsure if you have the right technique don’t be afraid to look up a video to help you get it right.

          Fire Hydrants + Fire Hydrant Kick

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            Another great inner thigh workout is the fire hydrant. Place yourself on the ground on your knees, shins and feet touching the ground. Place your hands shoulder-width apart with your palms flat on the ground, keeping your back flat and straight. Beginning with your left leg, lift your knee simultaneously up and out to the side, never letting your left knee touch the ground. The motion should be similar to what a dog does to a fire hydrant (it sounds odd but it helps you know the right technique). Repeat this for each leg for 30 seconds on each side.

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            Fire Hydrant Kicks are similar to Fire Hydrants. As you lift your left knee up off the ground, kick your left foot out, pointing your toes to keep your leg straight. Remember to not lock your knee.

            Hydrant kick

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              Last Updated on September 18, 2020

              7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

              7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

              Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

              Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

              1. Exercise Daily

              It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

              If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

              Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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              If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

              2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

              Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

              One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

              This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

              3. Acknowledge Your Limits

              Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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              Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

              Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

              4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

              Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

              The basic nutritional advice includes:

              • Eat unprocessed foods
              • Eat more veggies
              • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
              • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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              Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                5. Watch Out for Travel

                Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                6. Start Slow

                Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                Final Thoughts

                Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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