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How To Lose Thigh Fat In 2 Weeks

How To Lose Thigh Fat In 2 Weeks

Ways to efficiently lose thigh fat and to keep it from coming back: maintain a healthy diet and do the right exercises. Keeping this kind of approach does not only help you lose thigh fat but is also beneficial to your overall health. Below are steps you can follow to help you get started to lose the unwanted fat from your thighs. The exercises described will also help you tone and get that smoother appearance for your thighs that you are after.

The reason that women store fat in their thighs

Before women reach menopause they can tend to store fat in their thighs and hips. This tendency gives women what is called a ‘pear-shaped’ body. The reason some women store fat in this way has an evolutionary reason. When women were cave-dwellers this type of fat storage often helped them through drought and famine. During pregnancy and breastfeeding the body needs approximately 1,000 extra calories a day. So women who easily stored fat in their hips and thighs had an advantage as they could use these extra calories to help them give birth and feed their babies during a drought. This ability to store fat in the thighs and hips was passed down through the generations. This is a contributing factor to why thigh fat may be very difficult to get rid of.

Men store fat in their thighs

Women are not the only ones who suffer from thigh fat. Men can also store fat in this area of the body. Included in this blog are exercises specifically targeted towards men to help them lose their unwanted thigh fat.

Exercises to lose thigh fat for women

Seated Hand Push

Sit on a stable chair. Place your feet on the floor. Your knees should be bent at 90-degree angle. Put your palms on the outside of your knees. Push your knees outward against your palms and simultaneously press inwards with your hands. Hold for one minute while breathing normally.

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    Seated Leg raise

    Sit on a stable chair. Place your feet on the floor. Your knees should be bent at 90-degree angle. Place your hands on the sides of the chair. Lift and extend your right leg while you exhale. Breathe normally and hold for 30 seconds. Lower your right leg down and exhale. Repeat this move with your left leg.

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      Seated Bridge

      Sit on a stable chair. Place your feet on the floor. Your knees should be bent at 90-degree angle. Place your hands on the side of your chair. Lift up your hips letting your palms and feet support your body weight, and exhale. Lift your hips up until your body looks like the shape of a bridge. Breath normally and hold for 20 to 60 seconds.

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        Exercises to lose thigh fat for men

        Lying Butt Bridge

        Lie down on the ground or a mat and keep your back flat and your knees bent. Your feet should be placed firmly on the ground. Place your arms by your sides and raise your pelvis towards the ceiling. Aim to create a 45 degree angle with your body. Flex your butt and thighs and count. Lower yourself back onto the floor. Repeat this movement.

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          Back kick

          Balance on one leg. Raise the other leg slightly behind you. Keep your butt and core tight. Maintain a slightly bent knee to avoid joint locking. Bend forward as you gently kick your lifted leg back. Bend forward, keeping your body straight. You should feel the stretch in your hamstrings. Squeeze the muscles in your butt and reverse the move until you return to a standing position. Repeat this move with the opposite leg.

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            Pay attention to what you drink

            Make sure you keep hydrated when exercising. Drink water. Doctors recommend drinking 64 ounces of fluid per day (approximately 1.9 liters). Avoid sodas, energy drinks, concentrated juices and the like. These drinks all have a lot of sugar in them (sometimes as much as 300 calories).

            Drink Tea

            Feel free to drink as much tea as you like. Drinking green tea is a great source of antioxidants and has negligible calories. Tea contains only 1-2 calories per liter.

            Drink before you eat

            Another good trick is to drink a glass of water or a cup of tea straight before you eat a meal. This will make your body feel like it is more full and will keep your cravings at a minimum. This may mean that you will eat less during a meal.

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            Pay attention to what you eat

            Maintain a Low-Carb Diet

            Low-diets help to cut down on fat. Make sure you do not cut out carbohydrates completely as your body still needs some for energy; however, eating too many carbs causes a higher release of insulin. The body responds to this high release of insulin by turning it into glucose (or sugar) and this can cause extra fat to sit in your body. Foods to eat on a low-carb diet are things like high-protein meats, fish, leafy greens and unprocessed cheeses. Foods to avoid are things like pastas or breads.

            Maintain a Low Calorie Diet

            You should aim to lose about 2 pounds per week and to do this you need to take in fewer calories than you burn, per day. Ingesting 1500 calories per day is a good goal. You may like to limit your fat intake to between 35 and 60 grams per day. You can aim for 170 to 240 grams of complex carbohydrates per day.

            If you keep to a healthy diet and undertake the exercises described in this blog you are on your way to getting the results you want for slimmer and healthier looking thighs.

            Featured photo credit: Home Remedies via lethomeremedies.com

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            Published on October 11, 2018

            7 Killer Upper Back Stretches to Reduce Pain and Boost Endurance

            7 Killer Upper Back Stretches to Reduce Pain and Boost Endurance

            Building and maintaining a strong upper back depends not only on strength-training, but stretching and nutrition as well. Stretching the upper back muscles, along with a healthy diet can help alleviate pain while improving endurance.

            Did you know that stretching your upper back builds endurance for sports, your job – which may require heavy lifting – and simple, everyday activities? Many people who exercise don’t recognize the importance of having a strong upper back, and often neglect this part of the body, focusing more on the lower back where injuries are more prone to occur.

            Upper back endurance is necessary for runners, hikers, golfers, tennis players, bowlers, cyclists; the list goes on and on. If saving time is important to you, you want to reduce chronic back pain, boost your energy levels, or you simply need ways to get through a day at the office while confined to a computer, you’ll begin to understand why the following upper back stretches and exercises are necessary.

            Here are seven stretches, combined with exercises, to help you maintain a strong upper back:

            1. Lat Pull-Downs

            By contracting and lengthening your latissimus dorsi muscles, trapezius, deltoids, rhomboids, teres major, along with the other muscles groups in and around your upper back, you are building muscle endurance and increasing mobility.

            Seated at a lat pull-down machine, select a weight stack that is comfortable. Remember, you’re not preparing for a bodybuilding competition, you just want to exercise the back, so heavy weight is unnecessary.

            Grab the wide bar above your head, palms down, and using a wide grip, pull the bar down to your chest and contract your upper back muscles.

            Keep your head up, looking at the bar. This also helps keep your spine straight and provides a clearance so that the bar doesn’t hit your face. Slowly return the bar to the top and repeat for 15 reps. Do three to four sets.

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            Here’s the correct technique by Denice Moberg:

            2. Indoor Rowing

            If upright exercises like walking on the treadmill or running outdoors bore you, you can strengthen your core using a rowing machine. Not only will you chisel your back, but the elongation of the upper back during the stroke motion creates a good stretch.

            First, select a tension that is challenging but not a struggle. Make sure that your feet are securely placed in the machine’s foot straps, nice and tight to prevent the feet from moving while rowing.

            Next, slide yourself in the rowing saddle forward toward the row bar and pull the bar toward the mid-section of your trunk area, which is the finish. Pulling the bar, bring your elbows beyond your back while contracting your upper muscles and rear shoulders.

            Your back should be straight with a slight angle of around 100 degrees. Do not hunch.

            During the catch, your legs should be at a 90 degree angle while locking out your arms completely. As a stretching exercise, repeat this motion for five minutes.

            Here’s how you can do it:

            3. Side Plank Rotation

            If you’re short on time, floor exercises such as planks strengthen your core and can be done at home or during your lunch break at work. They can be done in 30 to 60 second increments.

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            There are a few plank variations:

            The low-position forearm plank in which your body weight is supported by your elbows; the straight-arm plank, which is a high-position plank; side plank in which your body is turned to one side and supported by one straightened arm; the stability-ball plank which is more challenging for your trunk; and the plank that gives you a good stretch is the side plank rotation.

            To begin the side plank rotation, begin in the high plank position. Slowly turn your body to one side while stacking one foot on top of the other. Extend the opposite arm toward the ceiling and as you lower your arm, reaching underneath your body and rotating your trunk.

            Done properly, you will feel the stretch along your rhomboids and shoulders. Repeat the rotation – reaching and tucking – 10 times. Switch sides.

            Here’s a Side Plank Rotation demonstrated by Train Aggressive:

            4. Yoga Stretches

            A good way to incorporate breathing with stretching and gain flexibility in your core is Kundalini yoga – an intense yoga practice – gets your blood flowing and works wonders for the spine and posture.

            The “Cat-Cow” pose is a great upper back warm-up, and when combined with the “Breath Of Fire”[1] or “fast breathing,” energy is sent through the entire body which stimulates the flow of cell activity and increases lung capacity.

            On all fours, arms straight and directly below your shoulders, and knees directly below your hips, hunch your back, inhaling as you tuck your head into your chest, then exhale while arching your back and raise your head toward to sky.

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            The rapid inhaling and exhaling in this exercise is known as the “Breath Of Fire,” as mentioned above. Increase the pace of both the “Cat-Cow” and “Breath Of Fire” and repeat this movement for up to five minutes.

            This is how to do a Cat-Cow pose for energy:

            5. Side Bends

            This is a simple stretch to elongate the space between your ribs and increase range of motion, which helps achieve flexibility in the abdominals, spine, and lateral core.

            Seated or standing with your back straight, raise your arms above your head and firmly hold your wrist. Gently pull your trunk to one side and hold for 20 to 30 seconds. When finished, repeat on opposite side.

            Note: If standing, keep your feet shoulder width apart, if seated keep your feet flat on the floor.

            Let’s take a look at how to do a standing side bend:

            6. Pole Stretch

            By creating opposing force and pulling on a stationary object, you are stretching your lats. The upper sides of your back. Here, you are performing a static stretch which is a stretch held beyond its normal range.

            Find a pole, mounted gym apparatus, or other floor-affixed object and, while standing, pull on the object with slightly bent knees and back flat at a 45-degree angle.

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            Continue to pull while extending your arms, feeling the stretch in your lats and rhomboid muscles. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat if needed.

            7. Shoulder Blade Stretch

            The shoulder blades are connected to the rhomboid muscles in the upper back. Sudden, quick movements like pulling a heavy object or even tossing a near-weightless object overhead, like a tennis ball during a serve, can strain the unstretched muscles between your shoulder blades, causing spasms.

            Here’s how to avoid muscle strain:

            Standing tall with feet shoulder width apart, gently pull your elbow across your chest, just beneath your chin, and hold for 15 seconds. If you do not feel immediate relief, try lowering or raising the elbow and perform the stretch again. Different angles can make a big difference.

            There you have it – Seven upper back stretches and exercises to reduce pain and improve endurance. But while upper back stretches are important, a diet rich in antioxidants is equally key.

            Bonus Tip: Getting a Diet Rich in Antioxidants

            Antioxidants, also known as “Super Foods,” prevent the build up of free radicals in your body and control oxidative stress. These free radicals are toxins that get in the way of endurance, flexibility, and cause inflammation, among other fitness obstacles.

            How do you incorporate antioxidants into your diet? Here are some common foods and beverages rich in antioxidants:

            A good combination of quick and easy targeted cardiovascular exercises, static stretches, range-of-motion stretches, and yoga poses can increase upper back endurance and boost your energy levels, making your activities – both sedentary and active – manageable and fun.

            Once you begin to incorporate these methods of relief into your routine, you will begin to walk taller, run farther, and hike longer!

            Featured photo credit: Geert Pieters via unsplash.com

            Reference

            [1]Yogapedia: Breath of Fire

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