Growing up, I lost count of how many jeans I had to replace pants, not because they didn’t fit me anymore, but because the inner thighs had worn out. By the time I was finally done with a pair of pants, the inner thigh area looked like a patchwork quilt! How embarrassing for a young girl growing up, but you ladies are in luck! Here are some stretches I picked up along my journey that can help you avoid this same situation.
Stretching helps lengthen the muscle, thus giving you a leaner look. Stretching before a workout also helps reduce the risk of injury and increases flexibility and range of motion, giving you an edge during your next workout or game. Stretching helps improve blood circulation, helping your body flush out toxins and also is a great stress reliever. Next time you’re at the gym, try these before or after your workout and you’ll feel better right away.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
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1) Butterfly Stretch
Sitting comfortably upright on a mat, begin by bringing the soles of your feet together, close to your groin while your knees are comfortably bent. Keeping your back straight, use your hands or your elbows to apply gentle pressure to your knees to lengthen and stretch your inner thighs until you feel light tension. Hold this stretch for at least 30 seconds and avoid “bouncing” your muscles, as this may cause damage. Repeat as necessary or hold longer for tighter muscles. As you progress, you can bring your feet closer to your groin to get a deeper stretch.
2) Sumo Squat
Begin standing with your feet wider than hip width apart, toes pointing out at 45 degrees away from your body. Keeping your back straight and core tight, start by moving your hips back and lowering your body until your knees are at least 90 degrees or you feel a nice stretch in your inner thighs. Make sure to keep the weight on your heels and not let your knees go over your toes. Hold for at least 30 seconds. As you progress, you can squat lower or even add weights.
3) Side Lunge
Begin by standing up straight and take a wide step to your left. Keeping your back straight and core tight, slowly drop your hips back and lower your weight. Your right leg will be straight and your left leg will be bent at least 90 degrees. Make sure your knee is in line with your ankle and your knee doesn’t go over your toes. You should feel the stretch in your right inner thigh. Hold for at least 30 seconds and repeat on other side as necessary.
Add these stretches anytime into your workout routine and you’ll begin to notice leaner legs in no time! Check out a yoga class to add some variety to your weekly workouts. Good Luck on your fitness journey!