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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

          fire hydrants

            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 January 21, 2020

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                Why You Need a Vision

                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                How to Create Your Life Vision

                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                What Do You Want?

                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                Some tips to guide you:

                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                Some questions to start your exploration:

                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                A few prompts to get you started:

                • What will you have accomplished already?
                • How will you feel about yourself?
                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                • What does your ideal day look like?
                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                • What would you be doing?
                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                • How are you dressed?
                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                Plan Backwards

                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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