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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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              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

              Boundaries are limits

              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
              • When do you feel disrespected?
              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
              • When do you want to be alone?
              • How much space do you need?

              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

              Sample language:

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              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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              Final Thoughts

              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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