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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 August 16, 2019

            15 Strength Training Exercises Specifically for Runners

            15 Strength Training Exercises Specifically for Runners

            When you choose the right exercises, and make strength training a priority, it will have a great payoff to improve your running. Studies have shown incorporating a strength training program to your running routine improves running economy.[1]

            Here are 15 strength training exercises specifically for runners.

            1. Planks

            The plank is a very important core exercise that will help give you more control and balance while running. Having a strong core will also keep you more stable and in control if you have to navigate uneven surfaces.

            The plank is a simple exercise and involved balancing on your forearms and the tips of your toes, so that your back is “straight as a plank”. You want to focus on keeping your abs tight and imagine sucking your belly button up into your spine to have them properly engaged.

            Aim for 30 to 45 seconds for a few rounds. Ultimately, you want to hold them as long as you can with proper form – so every time you perform a plank you want to go a little longer than previous ones.

            2. Side Planks

            The same concept is applied but you are now engaging your core in a different manner and engaging your oblique muscles too. This time, you are going to lie on your side with your legs stacked on top of each other.

            You will lean on your right forearm and lift your hips off the ground keeping your head lined up with your torso and ankles. Keep your other hand on your hip to help ,and control balance, and focus on not moving or swaying. Keep your abs tight to engage them and hold for 30-45 seconds, or longer if you can.

            3. Clamshells

            For this exercise, you are going to need a simple resistance band. Start with the band wrapped around both legs just below the knee. Your starting position will be on the ground lying on your side with your top hip and shoulder pointing towards the ceiling. Your hips will be on the ground, keep your back straight and your feet together, and lift up with your top knee as far as you can with the resistance.

            Pause for a second at the top and lower back down under control. You can do 10 reps on this side before switching over and doing another 10 reps and aim for 2 to 3 sets.

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            Clamshells are going to help strengthen your abductor muscles giving you stronger hips and more stability while running.

            4. Single-Leg Bridge

            You will start lying on your back with your feet on the ground, shoulder-width apart with knees bent. You will straighten out one leg so it’s out in front of you in the air and lift your body up by pushing with the leg on the ground.

            You want to flex your abs and glutes while pushing upward and try to keep your hips level throughout the motion before returning to the ground. You can also hold your body in the upright position for 5-10 seconds before returning to the ground to get more engagement before switching over to the other leg.

            The single-leg bridge will help strengthen your glutes which are crucial for running power and stride strength.

            5. Standing Calf Raises

            This is a simple exercise but one that is very important for strengthening the calves. The stronger they are, the less fatigue you will experience during running. You will need to find an elevated step or platform for this exercise.

            Stand on the platform with your heels hanging off the edge. Find something stable to hold on to for balance and start by lower your heels down until you feel a stretch in the back of your calves. Then, stand upwards like you are trying to see over a fence. Perform 3 sets of 10 repetitions.

            6. Arch Lifting

            You will start out standing with your feet directly under your hips, and this is best done without shoes. You will rotate the arch of your foot upward while keeping your toes and heels in contact with the ground.

            Don’t let your toes tighten and you want to hold for a few seconds at the top before returning to the ground. You can do 3 sets of 10 repetitions and this is going to help strengthen the arches of your feet.

            The stronger your arches are the better it is to keep your running stride strong and prevent less fatigue in the feet.

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            7. Half-Kneel Hip Flexor Stretch

            Strong hips are paramount for running and the hip flexors can easily become strained and overused. This exercise will help to strengthen them and provide more power and stability while running. You will start kneeling with one foot forward and the other knee bent underneath the hip.

            Keep your abs tight, your back straight, and shift your body weight forward until you feel a stretch in the front of your hips. Hold this for 20 to 30 seconds before switching over to the other leg.

            8. Alternating Lunges

            These are going to develop power and strength in your quads and glutes to help give you a more powerful stride. You will start standing with your hands on your hips looking straight out in front of you.

            Step forward with your right leg and lower down just before your opposite knee touches the ground. Then, push through your heel to return to the standing position before performing the lunge with your left leg. Alternate between the right and left leg so that each one has done 10 reps and you can perform 3 sets of this.

            9. Jump Squats

            These can be done just with your bodyweight and help to develop explosive power in the lower body. The jump squat is handy for when you have to run hills and need more power for harder stretches of your run.

            The best way is to start in a squat position with your feet shoulder-width apart. You will drive through the heels of your feet and explode upwards. As your bodyweight brings you back to the ground, control your weight as you go back into the squat position to fully engage the muscles.

            Make sure not to let your knees move inwards and keep your abs tight, your head up, and your chest out. Aim for 3 sets of 10 reps.

            10. Skater Hops

            This will help to build leg and core strength, along with improving balance. You will start standing upright but then bending the knees slight like you’re about to sit down. You will then drive off your right foot, jumping a few feet out to the left.

            You will land on your left foot while your right foot swings behind your left leg. Then, drive off the left foot using the momentum of your right foot swinging back to land back on it. You will keep doing these side hops for ten times each leg and the motion should look like a speed skater shifting side to side.

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            11. Bulgarian Split Squat

            This will be similar to the lunges but, will really ramp up the resistance for the quads and is a great strength training exercise for runners. You are going to need an elevated surface or bench to stand in front of. The starting position will be standing upright with your head up and hands on your hips.

            Start with your right foot behind you supported by the bench. You will start by lowering your hips to drops your left leg down to around a 90-degree angle, stopping just before your right knee hits the ground.

            Next, push up through the heel until you are back at the starting position and perform ten reps, under control, before you switch over to the right leg. Perform 3 sets of this.

            To make this even tougher, you can hold dumbbells in your hands hanging at your sides.

            12. Arabesque

            These will help in activating and controlling your hips. You will start off by standing on one leg, hands on your hips, and making sure your hips are level and balanced. You can then put your arms out to the side to give you more balance.

            Start by tipping your torso forward as your non-weight-bearing leg extends out behind you. You can slightly bend your knee to help with control and you want to have your back and extended leg as level as possible. You should end up basically parallel to the floor with your shoulder, hip, and ankle should be in a straight line.

            When you’ve gone as far forward as you can, return to the starting position and perform 8 repetitions before switching to the other leg.

            Perform 2 to 3 sets. These are all about quality over quantity so if you can only do 4 or 5, that’s fine.

            13. Hip Bridge

            This is another great exercise to target the glutes which are the source of your running power. Start by lying on the ground with your feet flat on the ground and your knees bent. Squeeze your glutes and then lift your hips up towards the ceiling.

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            Your hips, knees, and shoulders should be in a straight line. Hold at the top for a second and then lower back down under control. Perform this 12 times and then, you can do 3 sets. If these get easier, you can hold a weight across your stomach for more resistance.

            14. Push-Ups

            A classic exercise, and for good reason. As much as you want to focus your strength training on the lower body, you can’t neglect your upper body. Your arms are helping drive and propel you while running and a strong upper body helps with your overall balance and stability.

            You can start laying facedown on the ground with your palms facing downwards and elbows tucked into your sides. Focus on pushing through the heel of your palms upward, stopping just before your elbows lock out. Lower back down under control and stop just before your chest touches the ground.

            Focus on keeping the elbows tucked into your side and avoid having them flail outwards. You can perform 10 reps for 3 sets of these.

            15. Squat to Overhead Press

            This is a full-body motion that works a majority of muscles, builds power, explosiveness, and coordination. You will need two dumbbells and you will start standing, feet shoulder-width apart, with the dumbbells, held up by your shoulders – palms facing forward.

            Send your hips back and lower down into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. As you stand up, press the dumbbells overhead and return them to the starting position. Go for 10 reps and three sets.

            The Bottom Line

            As much as you’d like to, you can’t be running all the time. It can lead to overuse, injuries and burnout. The perfect way to offset this is with strength training, making sure you perform your training with proper form and technique, avoiding mistakes which can lead to injury.

            There are many other strength exercises such as the deadlift, which works the back and leg muscles which are vital for running economy improvement and injury prevention.[2] These exercises will make you a more efficient and resilient runner allowing you to improve your distances and times.

            Even if you’ve been against strength training for runners, you can see now how it’s necessary in order to improve your overall running ability and performance.

            Featured photo credit: Stage 7 Photography via unsplash.com

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