If you’re like me, you are annoyed about those saddlebags. We should only see those at the ranch. However, unfortunately, as we age, it gets harder and harder to keep them from creeping up around our hips, belly, butt, and thighs. My first instinct was to hit the gym right away, thinking it might do me a lot of good! Not really, though. I have never seen the results I wanted. Thus, I decided to do some research to look for alternatives. That was the moment when I came across some exercises that blew me away. Literally and figuratively. As hard these are to execute, as good the results show off! Try these 5 exercise moves below and see for yourself.
1. Elbow Plank With Donkey Kicks
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Begin in an elbow plank;
Keep your elbows directly under shoulder;
Firm your abs and don’t let the pelvis sag down or pop up.
Lift your left leg off the ground;
Bend your knee so the sole of your foot is facing the ceiling;
Keep both hips parallel to the floor without twisting.
Press your left heel toward the ceiling as high as you can;
Lower the bent leg slightly;
Repeat 20 times then switch sides for the other leg.
2. Sumo Squats
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Stand with your feet wider than your hips;
Place your hands behind your head with your elbows on the side;
Inhale as you lower your body down, bending at the knees;
Exhale as you press back to the start position;
Repeat this up to 15 times.
3. Static Lunges
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Stand with one foot forward and the other back;
Stagger your feet slightly to either side of your midline;
While standing straight, drop your back knee down towards the ground;
Bend your front knee as you lower down;
Once you reach 90 degrees with both knees, press through your front heel and stand back up;
Repeat this exercise for 30 times and then switch to the other leg.
4. Side-Lying Clamshells Exercise
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While lying on your side;
Keep your knees bent;
Draw up the top knee while keeping contact with your other feet together;
Do not let your pelvis rollback during the lifting movement;
Repeat for 30 times and then switch to the other leg.
5. Lateral Lunge to Curtsy Lunge
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Step to the side as you are doing a side lunge;
Firm your core and take a big step out to the right;
Bend your right knee and sit your hips back;
Keep your left leg straight and both feet flat on the floor;
Take a big step back with your right leg, crossing it behind your left leg;
Bend both knees and lower your body towards the floor;
Return to the original position and then repeat on the other leg.