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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

        image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Megan Wolfe

          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.

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              Last Updated on September 16, 2019

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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