We all have that particular part of the body that takes more work than others to get toned up and shaped. My problem area is my hips and thighs. I am pretty sure everything I eat makes a beeline straight there and it must be a comfy place as, once they arrive, the fat cells never seem to want to leave again.
Short of resorting to plastic surgery, is there anything you can do to make progress on these problem areas? Actually, there is. Here are some exercises that will target three of the key areas that affect most of us:
Straight to the core for belly fat
If your midriff is where you seem to battle the bulge, try this exercise daily in order to beat belly fat. Lie on the floor with your arms beside you and your legs stretched out. Place your hands, palms down into the mat, under your buttocks. Draw your belly into your spine and lift your legs together in a slow and controlled motion six inches from the ground. Hold for a count of five, then lower, again in a slow and controlled motion. Repeat nine more times.
Get squatting to tone your butt and thighs
You can’t really beat squat reps when it comes down to toning up your butt and thighs. Here’s how: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, holding your arms down at your sides. Slowly lower yourself into a squat, stopping two thirds of the way down and, at the same time, raise your arms out in front of you with your palms down. Hold for a count of ten, then slowly raise yourself back up. Do 20 reps. To work out your upper body at the same time you can also hold a 5lb dumbell in each hand, alternatively lifting with the dumbells facing down with turning them upwards and curling your arms up with each squat.
Another great butt and thigh workout is this: Lie on your back on an exercise mat. Place your hands beside you, palms down, and lift your knees to the ceiling while keeping the soles of your feet on the floor. Slowly and in a controlled motion, lift your hips to the ceiling, stretching out your lower back and squeezing your glutes. Hold for a count of five, then lower. Repeat for a total of ten.
Tackle those bat wings
Get down on all fours on your exercise mat, with your knees hip-distance apart and your arms at shoulder width. Draw your belly into your spine, squeeze your glutes and slowly raise your right arm out in front of you while at the same time stretching your left leg out behind you flexing your foot. Your body should be perfectly aligned from your fingertips to your heels. Hold the position for a count of five, then lower your arm and leg back to your original position before repeating with the opposite ones. That counts as one rep. Now do a total of ten.