Dump the Saddlebags

Photo Credit: Bill Branson, National Cancer Institute PD
Saddlebags are those pouches of fat that accumulate on the outer thighs. Women are particularly susceptible to fat deposits on the thighs. The best ways to dump the saddlebags are to eat nutritious, low-fat foods and exercise. Cardiovascular exercises, such as swimming, running, brisk walking or jogging and bicycling, help burn fat. There are also some exercises that you can do right at home to help burn away the saddlebags. When you exercise to get rid of hip and thigh fat, you can lose weight overall while building muscle. 
Do some step-ups on a low step stool or a step  aerobics stool. Stand in front of the stool with your arms relaxed at your side. Step up onto the stool leading with your right foot and then bring your left foot up beside your right foot. Step down onto the floor with your right foot and follow with your left. Repeat 10 to 15 times and then switch to leading with your left foot. Add some extra calorie burning to your step-ups by holding a 5 pound dumbbell in each hand. If you don’t have a set of dumbbells, hold a 1/2 gallon container of water in each hand. Use a container with a sturdy handle. 
Side leg raises work the muscles of your thighs, buttocks and abdomen. Hold the back of a sturdy chair and stand up straight. Place your feet about hip-width apart. Drop your shoulders and stretch your spine upward. Lift your right leg upward in front of your body. Keep your leg as straight as you can and then stretch your right leg out to the right of your body. Hold this position for 2 to 3 seconds and then slowly return your leg back to the floor. Do 15 repetitions with each leg. 
Lie on your left side with your left leg on top of your right leg. Rest your left forearm on the floor to support your upper body and place your right hand on the floor in front of your torso. Squeeze your abdominal muscles and lift your right leg straight up toward the ceiling. Keep your upper body straight. Hold your leg up for 5 seconds and return to the start position. Repeat 20 times on each side. 
Squats are great for the abs, hips and thighs. Stand up straight with your feet flat on the floor, about hip-width apart. Place your hands comfortably on your hips. Bend your knees to lower your body to a sitting position. Keep your back straight to avoid bending forward. Push your body back upright using your legs. Repeat this exercise 10 to 15 times. 

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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

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