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10 Ideal Inner Thigh Exercises To Trim And Tone

10 Ideal Inner Thigh Exercises To Trim And Tone

Exercising is an exceptional way to give yourself an energy boost, protect your health, and stay in shape. One area notoriously difficult to exercise however, is the inner thigh. Most exercises don’t place a lot of strain on these muscles, so it can be easy to forget about. them However, if you’re looking to tone up or just want to push yourself in new ways, these 10 incredible inner thigh exercises will have you feeling the burn in no time.

1. Squats

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    This leg exercise’s mainstay is a powerful inner thigh exercise. First, place your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Slowly lower yourself into a squat position, hold the squat for one second, then straighten your legs to the starting position.

    2. Squat With Ball

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      This modified squat is another excellent inner thigh exercise. Stand with your back to a wall, and place an exercise ball between your back and the wall. Then, place your feet shoulder width apart, with your toes pointing straight ahead. Place a sports or medicine ball just above your knees, and squeeze your inner thighs to keep the ball steady. Lower into a squat, then slowly return to standing.

      3. Inner-thigh Press

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        This exercise is an effective way to re-create the muscles worked when you use a thigh master. Lie on your back, then bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor – as if you’re about to do a sit up. Place a sports ball or pilates “magic circle” (pictured) between your knees and contract your inner thighs for about 30 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and repeat.

        4. Side Lunge

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          Another powerful inner thigh exercise is the side lunge, since it also shapes your glutes and lower body. Stand with your feet much wider than shoulder width apart, with your toes turned slightly outward. Bend one leg into a squat position so your weight is entirely on this leg, with your knee slightly over your toes. Repeat this move on the other leg to complete one rep.

          5. Sliding Plank Abduction

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          Sliding your legs while in a typical plank position is another fantastic inner thigh exercise. Place each foot on a folded towel, paper plate, or gliding disk, then strike a plank position. Hold the plank position with your upper body (on either your hands or elbows), while you slide your legs into a wide V shape. Slide your legs back together into the starting plank position and repeat.

          6. Inner Thigh Squeeze And Lift

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            This simple exercise is another effective inner thigh exercise, and can be modified for your fitness level by using a heavier or lighter ball. Start by lying on your side with your head supported by the arm closest to the floor. Bend your other arm so your hand is on the floor to stabilize your upper body, but avoid using this arm to bear weight. Place the ball between your ankles, then lift both your legs 6 inches off the ground. You will need to squeeze your inner thighs in order to hold the ball between your legs. Hold this position for several seconds, or squeeze and unsqueeze the ball several times. Return to the starting position. Don’t forget to do this exercise on both sides.

            7. Froggies

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            Not only will this exercise tone your inner thighs, it is an effective cardio exercise as well. Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart with your knees and toes angled outwards. Keep your chest upright then squat at about 90 degrees. From squatting, jump into the air and land once more in a squat. As shown above, your arms should swing upwards as you jump. Additionally, this move can be altered for a deeper or shallower squat. Do as many reps as you choose, but be sure to take a rest period between each set.

            8. Walking Lunge/Step Lunges

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              Another excellent inner thigh exercise is the step lunge. Not only will this exercise work your thighs, but it also tones your hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, and core. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Keep your back straight as you step forward. Use a slightly wider stride than normal, then bend both legs to lower into a lunge. Push off your back foot and step forward, so your back leg is now your front leg and repeat.

              9. Split Squat Jump

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              Similarly, a great way to trim your inner thigh is the split squat jump. Start by moving one leg forward, as if performing a step lunge, and stop mid stride. Bend both legs into the step lunge position from above, but instead of stepping forward into the next lunge, jump up and switch to the other leg. Land in a lunge position on this leg, then repeat.

              10. Pulsing Squat/Frog Squat

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              A pulsing squat, or frog squat, is also an excellent inner thigh exercise. Use the same stance as the first squat exercise, then bend to a squat position. Pulse up-and-down for 30 to 40 seconds, ending in the squat position with your knees at a 90° angle. Stand to end the exercise, then rest and repeat.

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              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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