4 Exercises to Help You Feel and Look Better in Your Jeans
No matter what you call that annoying strip of flesh that hangs over the waistline of your jeans, we can all agree that it can definitely distract from how you look in that awesome pair of blue jeans you just bought. If you want to look better in your jeans, there are lots of simple moves to help you tone those problem areas and leave you excited to don your best skinny jeans and show off your fit bod.
Where to Start
There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of exercises to help address the areas around your hips, thighs and waist. For the purposes of this post, we were looking for just a handful that truly deal with making your waistline more trim and toned, but that could also be done just about anywhere, at any time, and without the need for accoutrement or equipment of any kind. We think we've culled them down to the few that will help the most. Here are four of the best ways to tone your body and get in shape so you can dress to impress when jeans are the uniform of the day.
Simple Exercises to Help You Look Better in Your Jeans
- Lunges – Lunges are a simple exercise, but they remain a staple of workout routines because of how effective they are! Start by standing with your feet together and your hands on your hips or behind your head. Step forward with your right leg. Slowly bend both of your knees and lower yourself towards the ground until your front thigh is parallel with the ground and your left knee is hovering just over it. From a distance, both legs should create 90-degree angles at the bend of the knee. Keep your weight evenly distributed between both feet and slowly return to your starting position before repeating the exercise on your other leg.
- Squats – Squats are another easy but powerful exercise that should be a staple of any denim lover’s workout routine. Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, and your toes slightly angled out. Grab a dumbbell for each arm. Using your knees, lower your hips backward so that your thighs are parallel to the ground. If you can’t make them totally parallel on your first few tries, don’t give up! Keep your torso upright, and your eyes pointed forward. Never let your feet hang out farther than your toes, or you could risk putting unnecessary strain on them. Hold the position and then slowly return to your starting position while keeping your weight evenly divided between your heels and the balls of your feet.
- Lying Lateral Leg Lifts – Start by lying on your side so that your shoulder, hip, knee and ankle form a straight line. Gently bend your bottom leg and leave your top leg straight so that your ankle points toward the sky. Lift your upper leg toward the ceiling 2-3 inches while contracting your muscles. Your ankle should still be facing the sky. Lower the leg and pulse it in small movements. Once you finish a set of reps with one angle, try changing the angle to 45 degrees or 90 degrees for a challenge. Switch sides and repeat.
- Tree Stand – Stand approximately three feet away from a wall or surface you can use for balance. Face the wall. Keep your abdominals tight and your spine straight while lifting your right leg behind and bending forward at the waist. When you stop, your torso should be parallel to the ground. Reach out your arms to touch the wall with your fingers while keeping your leg extended. Your body should be in the shape of a T. Keep your legs, torso and arms straight. Raise your right leg three inches higher into the air while squeezing your right posterior muscle. Release the hold and return to your starting position.
They Will Make a Difference
As we pointed out above, these are just a few out of dozens of possibilities to help trim your handles. You may not like all of them. That's cool. Do a little research and find a couple that fit your workout style and specific goal. The important thing to remember is that NONE of them will work unless you actually do them. Consistent, regular effort is the key to making any fitness routine work for you. So, start slow and then increase the time and difficulty of your exercises to get the most out of your efforts. Good luck!
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