Finding the best exercises for your inner thighs doesn’t have to be a challenge. In fact, you don’t even need a gym to properly work these muscles, a great number of these exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home. While some require a piece of equipment, you can easily substitute with things you already have in your home.
Squats are an all-purpose exercise. They have the potential to transform your entire lower body, and that includes your inner thighs. There are a number of different stances you can do while performing squats. Wide stance squats are the best for working your inner thigh muscles and slimming down this area of the body. To do this style of squat, make sure your feet are set a little wider than your shoulders. When you go down, hold your abs tight and make sure your knees don’t extend over your toe line. Put your buttocks back as if you are going to sit in a chair. Do three sets of 10 to 12 repetitions. You can add a shoulder press to simultaneously work your shoulders and increase your heart rate and the number of calories being burned. If you don’t have dumbbells at home, use soup cans for resistance.
For an added touch, place a ball between your legs as you do a narrow squat. In order to keep the ball between your legs as you slowly lower your body down into a squat position, squeeze your inner thighs tight. When you lower yourself into the squat position, hold the position for two to three seconds before rising. If you don’t have a rubber ball, then you can use a knotted towel or a thick pillow instead.
If you have ever done the inner thigh machine at the gym, you can easily replicate this exercise at home. To do so, lie on the floor with your heels on the floor. Keep your back flat and your arms at your sides as you place a rubber ball between your knees. Squeeze the ball for 30 seconds. Then, release and let your muscles relax for 10 seconds. Repeat 4 to 5 more times. If nothing else is available, you can use a pillow or towel in place of a rubber ball.
Another great exercise is the Pilates side-lying leg lifts. These are extremely easy to do at home and you won’t need any equipment to complete the exercise. Your body creates the resistance. To do, lie on your side with one leg on top of the other. Have your bottom arm prop your head up and place the top arm on the floor in front of you for support. Then, take the top leg and bend it as you place the foot in front of bottom leg. Now you are in the position to perform the exercise and you can begin by lifting the bottom leg and pulsing it 10 to 12 times. You should feel resistance in your inner thigh being that these are the muscles that are working to lift your leg. After you complete three sets on one side, switch to the other side and repeat.