The hardest area to target when you’re a woman trying to lose weight and get in shape are the hips and thighs. It seems like no matter what you do, those areas are the last to budge. If you’re willing to incorporate small additions to your daily exercise routine at home, you can push the process along just a bit faster.
Try this 12-minute sequence for at-home results:
1. Pile Squats
Go into a squat with your legs a bit wider than usual. Lift on your toes, moving your hips up and down.
2. Side Lunges
Choose one leg at a time to put straight out to the side while bending the other knee as if in a squat. Hold 30 seconds on each side.
3. Squat and Kick
Do a wide leg squat and switching legs, kick your leg out to the side, reaching waist level. Hold each leg for 30 seconds.
4. Skater Hops
Pretend you’re an ice skater and jump from side to side putting the opposite foot behind your other leg as you jump (jump right, put a left foot behind right leg).
5. Leg Circles
Lie in a comfortable and supported position on your side and slightly lift your leg making small circles in the air. Complete circles for each leg in both directions.
6. Outer Leg Lifts
Find side plank position, or lie on your side if side plank is too difficult, and lift your upper leg high keeping it as straight as possible. Switch sides and do another leg.
7. Fire Hydrants
Start in crawling stance, keep one knee on the ground while lifting your other knee, leg still bent, out to the side repeatedly. Do not put the working leg down until finished with repetitions. Switch legs and repeat.
8. Fire Hydrant Kicks
Start in the same crawling position, but this time, extend your working leg out into a full kick.