However upsetting it may be for your body not to be where you want it to be you need to ask yourself, how are you doing on your workout calendar?
Try to find the inner motivation, and it’s not just pure vanity, it’s about having fun too, right? If you can find the joy in working out and getting rid of saddlebags, you have found a way to at least get started.
This article will show you some simple exercises that will help you move toward a more motivated and healthy version of yourself. The change starts from within. If you’d like to know how to get rid of saddlebags, aka the outer thighs, this article is for you.
Now, let’s go ahead and get started on how to get rid of saddlebags. Let’s go.
4 Exercises to Quickly Burn Saddlebags
Half Clam Hinge
First, lay down on your side as if you’re about to go to sleep, making sure that your body is laying straight. Put the arm closest to the floor behind your head to help stabilize your body. Your other hand can either be placed flat on the ground or on your hip, whichever is more comfortable for you.
Making sure both heals of your feet stay together, go ahead and start separating your knees so that your lower half makes a triangle-like shape. Keep separating your knees, making sure that your ankles stay together as you keep your chest and pelvis facing forward.
Try not to roll your body; keep everything controlled. As you focus on your movements, inhale through the nose and exhale through your mouth, preferably as you lift your knee to the sky. Remember to switch sides so that both sides of your body can get the same results.
In this exercise, you are using your outer thigh muscles, and your goal is to keep it controlled as you lift your leg, keeping your ankles together. This exercise, as well as the following, are going to burn as you are not used to making these moves, but these are precisely the things that will help you get rid of those saddlebags.
Half Leg Lift
For this exercise, you want to try to stay stable, not rock, and focus on your movements as you are making them. Remember not to be in a rush; otherwise, you won’t reap all the benefits of this exercise.
First, you are going to lay on your side and lift your upper half so that your arms are supporting you, as shown in the picture. Next, make sure your legs are lined up on top of one another. Then, lift the leg you have on top to make a 90-degree angle and put it back down on top of the other leg.
Continue to keep yourself grounded, not rocking back and forth. As you lift your leg to the sky, try to engage your abdomen by keeping your core tight. This will help you workout multiple things at once. Remember to switch sides so that you are targeting all your saddlebags and not just one side.
Side Leg Lift
To start off, lay on your side with your hand under your head to support it, making sure that the side of you that is touching the floor is entirely flat. As you do this exercise, be sure not to allow your side to be lifted from the ground.
You can do this by making your movements controlled and not half-hearted, keep your focus on what your purpose for doing these exercises is in the first place.
Move your lower leg out in front of you and bend it to a 90-degree angle to further make yourself more stable on the ground.
Now, go ahead and start moving your leg that is on top up and down. As you move your leg back down, each time be sure not to let it come in contact with the ground as it will rock your body back and forth each time.
To make the exercise even more intense, you can slow down your movements when you are lowering your leg each time. This will also engage your core, and you will feel the burn a lot more than the standard version.
Be sure to switch sides so that both sides of your body can get the same results. Remember, as the workout gets harder to stay centered, not let your form get out of line. When it feels tough, instead of shifting yourself, just exhale, stay engaged, and continue counting your set.
Travelling Leg Lift
For this one, you want to lay flat on your back with your arms flat on the ground beside you. Look up to the sky and make sure that your neck is not crooked. Lift both of your legs straight up, keeping your knees together and flex your feet as much as possible.
It is very easy to rock back and forth as you do this exercise, so try not to make hasty movements. After you have your body at a 90-degree angle, you want to lift your lower half as far as you can without removing your arms from beside you. The power to move off the ground should come from your core.
To get more of an intense workout, after you come in contact with the ground each time, raise your legs back up slowly, engaging more of your core and multi-tasking your workout. Don’t think about the pain; think about just how much stronger you’re going to be afterward.
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Almost anyone can start getting rid of saddlebags in your thighs by following the four easy exercises above. These exercises are great for flexibility and can help you to avoid injuries.
Just take it slow at the beginning, remember to breathe, and you should be just fine. You are the one with the power to change your own life. This is just the first step, and the rest is up to you.
If you’re interested in how to work out your inner thighs in only 10 minutes, check out this article.
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