The Best Exercises to Slim Hips
Sculpt your hips with an exercise routine that will help you reduce fat and achieve a slimmer silhouette. Many people tend to have accumulated fat in this part of the body, especially women. There are some great exercises that are suitable for working this area which burn accumulated fat making you look slimmer and fitter. OneHowTo shares some of the best exercises to slim hips below so you can get the body of you dreams. Are you up for the challenge?
Let's start with the most basic exercises to slim hips. Lie on your side on a yoga mat, keeping your legs completely straight, with one over the other. Then lift up the upper leg as high as you can and lower it without letting it rest on your other leg/the floor. Repeat.
To do this exercise effectively you should repeat this movement 15 times and then switch legs. Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions four or five times a week to see results quickly.
Below is another fantastic exercise for burning excess fat in this trouble area. Lie on your back with your knees bent at 90 degree angle. After, leave your arms to rest by your sides.
Now lift your hips towards the ceiling, trying not to bend your back to avoid damaging it. Lift and lower without touching the floor; this will maximize your muscle workout. Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions every time you train and you'll notice a difference in your hip area.
Below is another effective exercise to slim hips. This is a variation of the first one, but a little more difficult. Lie sideways on the floor, keeping your legs together and resting your elbow by your side.
Next, raise both legs at once ensuring that they never touch the ground. Do 15 repetitions, rest and repeat to do a total of 3 sets. You will notice that this is somewhat more difficult than the aforementioned exercises. For this reason, we at OneHowTo recommend incorporating it into your exercise routine only after you have trained for a few weeks first.
Another effective exercise to reduce hips is to use dumbbells to get more muscle tone. Stand on a mat with a barbell or dumbbells in each hand (you should gauge what weights you use and increase them gradually as it gets easier); keep your legs slightly apart and bend you knees slightly to avoid straining them.
When in this position, take a step toward one side, bending your knees as much as you can and going as far down as you can. Then return to the starting position and repeat 15 times. Change legs and do the same; doing a total of 3 sets on each leg.
Finally, one of the best hip-slimming exercises is to place yourself parallel to the floor as in the image below. It is important to keep your back completely straight to avoid injury or straining.
This exercise is very simple because all you need to do is raise one leg up and lower it without allowing it to touch the ground. Do 15 repetitions and then switch legs. Although it seems easy, the truth is that this is a very difficult exercise and you'll really feel each muscle working in your hip area. Do 3 sets of 15 to see quick results.
Although these exercises are great for targeting this problem area, they should be performed alongside your regular workout to burn stored fat and to get quicker results.
To tone up this area, burning fat is also important. To do this, you should perform cardio exercises such as cycling, running or using the elliptical machine to boost circulation, so that your body has to use your fat reserves for energy.
You should dedicate at least 20 minutes of training to keep your body in optimal condition and reduce fat reserves.
For a visibly noticeable effect, it is vital that you combine exercise with healthy nutrition to provide your body with the necessary nutrients and avoid increasing fat reserves. Eat plenty of vegetables, proteins and fruit and control your intake of carbohydrates and processed products.
Also increase your water consumption, drinking 2 liters a day. This will boost the elimination of toxins, reduce water retention and ensure that your body is properly hydrated.
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