Best Exercise for Reducing Hip Measurements?

Some of my favorite Pilates exercises are also some of the best exercise for reducing hip measurements.

These exercises not only tone your thighs, but also work to lubricate the hip joint for less pain. I've outlined some of these hip exercises listed below:

Standing Side Kick

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I like this standing hip and thigh exercise because you are weight bearing, which helps to strengthen the bones while working on toning the thighs.

Standing with good posture and balanced on one leg, swing the working leg out to the side only as far as you can reach without bending sideways.

Then cross the leg just in front of the standing foot so the heel reaches just in front of your toe without crossing over.

Repeat this standing leg exercise on each leg for 8-12 repetitions for 2 sets each. Or, as long as you can stay balanced on one leg.

Pilates Side Kicks

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Lying on your side with your hips and ribs aligned, head resting on bottom arm, top leg at hip level.

Swing your top leg forward and back keeping the torso still and the waist long.

Repeat 8-12 times each leg.

Up and Down Kicks:

Lying on your side with hips and ribs aligned, head resting on bottom arm. Your top leg reaches up towards the ceiling pointing the foot and then flex the foot and pull down through the heel, reach past the bottom foot.

Repeat 8-12 times each leg.

Pilates Circles on your side:

Lying on your side with hips and ribs aligned, head resting on bottom arm. Your top leg makes circles like you are drawing on the wall away from you keeping the torso still and waist long.

Repeat 8-12 times each leg.

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Pilates Leg Circles:

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This is one of my favorite Pilates exercise for reducing hip fat as it helps to tone the thighs while stabilizing the pelvis by strengthening the muscles and tendons that support the hip joint.

Lying on your back with one leg and your body anchored to the mat, other leg is extended up at about a 90 degree angle.

Circle the elevated leg in the hip socket about 6-8 circles each direction.

Keep your trunk and opposite leg anchored and unmoving.

Repeat on the other side for 6-8 circles.

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