Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/13/2014 -- Inner thigh strength is important not only for appearances. Strong abductor muscles play an important role in hip and knee stability and help keep the legs pulled toward the center of the body for better balance. Though spot reduction on the inner thighs is a myth, there are numerous exercises that can balance out squats and bridges for that long, toned appearance we all desire in our lower body.
Leg lifts can target the hips and outer thighs, but can also be modified to tone and strengthen the muscles of the inner thighs as well. While lying on one side, stabilize the body with the top leg by placing the whole foot against the top of the lower leg. Next, extend the lower leg and lift up off the floor by engaging the inner thigh muscles. Hold the position for 5 seconds then lower, and repeat for 15 reps before switching to the opposite side.
Another exercise that can target the inner thighs is the supine thigh lift. Lying flat on the back, extend arms to the sides of the body with palms facing the floor. Let one leg fall open to the side, keeping the other leg straight and pointed towards the ceiling. Maintain form by keeping both hips firmly planted against the floor while lowering the leg as far as it will go. Then lift it back up and squeeze both legs together. Repeat for 15 repetitions.
Dancers are notorious for their long, lean legs, and they strengthen those muscles by performing movements similar to those above and through an exercise known as pliés. This can be performed by turning the toes pointed out with feet as wide as the shoulders or a little wider. Lower the hips down into a squat position, keeping abdominals braced and spin upright. Hold for a few seconds then rise, and work up to 30 repetitions.
Overtime working all leg muscles will create lean thighs, but these exercises will help balance out the large muscle exercises by working the smaller abductor muscles for a shapelier appearance through the whole leg.
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