Whether you’re working to slim your hips or simply want to strengthen your hip flexors, give this Tone Up Tuesday workout a try. Do each move 12 times, switch legs, and perform the entire sequence 1-3 times. We promise you’ll love the strengthening and lengthening benefits of these moves. 1. Side Kick: Target your outer hips and inner thighs with this standing move. Place your hands on your hips and your feet hip-width apart. Slowly begin to extend your leg to the side to hip height, while keeping inner thigh parallel to the floor. Hold for 1 second, then take 3 seconds to lower back to the floor. Repeat 12 times, then switch legs.
2. Lunge: This move helps strengthen the hip flexor, whether you prefer low or high lunges. As pictured, keep your upper body straight, step forward with one leg, and lower your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90-degree angle. Repeat 12 times, then switch legs.
3. Standing Hip Abductor: Stand with your right leg slightly behind you, keep your left leg straight and lift it to the side. Lift it for 2 seconds, then bring it back down within 2 seconds. Repeat 12 times, and then switch legs.
4. Leg Raise: Work your hip flexors, outer thighs and glutes. Begin on all fours, be sure to balance your weight between your hands and knees. Lift your leg out to the side, but keep your knee bent. Swiftly kick your leg diagonally behind you, your heel toward the ceiling. Return your knee to the floor, repeat 12 times and switch legs.
Sarah is wearing the Bonita pullover.