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Inner Thigh Strength Exercises

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One area of the body that tends to get neglected during workout and stretching routines is the inner thigh. Strengthening this area is challenging — but when you stretch your inner thigh regularly you’re strengthening it.

A strong thigh is a tighter, more toned thigh and your legs will look better as a result.

 

Stretching

Standing with your feet about 12 inches apart, hands on your hips, bend your left knee slightly. Move your right hip downward and toward the left knee. You will feel the stretch in your left inner thigh as well as in your right oblique area.

Hold for five seconds, release and then repeat three times. Now bend your right knee slightly and move your left hip downward and toward your right knee.

 

Squats

Standing with your feet farther apart than your hips, turn your toes outward. Your arms should be at your sides and your abdomen tight. Slowly bend your knees into a squat position. Place your hands on your thighs for support.

Try to keep your back straight. Do not bend forward. Squat deeper. Feel the stretch in your inner thighs. Hold for 10 seconds, release and repeat.

 

Inner Thigh Strength Exercises

 

Plie

Do plies just as if you were a ballerina. Stand and put your hands on the back of a chair for support and balance. Your feet should be placed farther apart than your hips. Keep your back straight. Bend your knees, going as low as is comfortable for you.

Tighten your abs as you squat. Hold the position for 10 seconds, release, return to the start position and repeat. A plie is generally not as deep as a squat but is every bit as effective.

 

Cobbler

Sitting on the floor with the soles of your feet together, press down on your knees gently, lowering your legs to the floor.

You will feel a pull in your inner thighs. Hold for 10 seconds, release and repeat.

 

Leg Swings

Hold onto the back of a chair while standing. Come up onto the ball of your left foot. Lift your right leg in front of your body and in front of your left foot. Swing the right foot out to the right side, maintaining turned-out toes that are flexed.

Do this 10 times. Your hips should remain facing forward. Now come up on the ball of your right foot and swing the left foot across the front of your body. Swing the left foot out to the left and then swing it back in. Do this 10 times on each leg.

 

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