To sculpt the abs and thighs you want, exercising is simply not enough. The most important thing you can do to reach your goal of a flat tummy and sexy thighs is to make eating healthy and being physically active a part of your daily routine. Combine that with exercises that work the abdominals and thighs simultaneously and you'll be showing off your new midsection in half the time.
Lie face up on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head with your elbows wide.
Inhale as you engage your abdominals to flatten your spine onto the floor; maintain this contraction throughout the exercise.
Exhale as you slowly draw your knees into your chest while simultaneously curling your upper body toward your knees. Pause briefly.
Return to the starting position without allowing your feet to touch the floor. Repeat for 12 to 15 reps.
Lie face up on the floor with your left leg extended and your right knee bent. Extend your arms overhead.
Inhale as you engage your abdominals to flatten your spine on the floor. Lift your left leg off the floor just high enough so your heel no longer touches.
Exhale as you simultaneously draw your left leg and arms up and toward each other. Using the momentum of the motion, lift your entire back off the floor to balance on your tailbone and right foot. Force your left leg straight, if necessary and pause briefly.
Contract your abdominals even further and fight gravity as you return to the starting position. Do not let your left leg touch the floor. Repeat for eight to 10 reps and then perform with your right leg extended.
Get into a pushup position with your hands on the floor spaced slightly wider than shoulder-width and your legs extended with your feet spaced hip-width apart.
Contract your abdominals to force your spine into a neutral position and try to balance your body weight evenly between your upper and lower body.
Draw your right knee toward your chest and quickly tap your toes on the floor before returning to the starting position. As your right leg is returning to the starting position, simultaneously draw your left knee toward your chest and tap your toes on the floor. Return your left leg to the starting position as your right leg begins its second repetition. Perform for 30 to 45 seconds.
- 101 Workouts for Women; Muscle & Fitness Hers
- Stronger Abs and Back; Dean Brittenham, et al.
- American Council on Exercise: Mountain Climbers
- Avoid these exercises if you suffer from severe back or neck pain.
Kendra Crawford has been publishing articles since 2010. She is the manager of a health club as well as a personal trainer and instructor. She has a Bachelor of Science in sports management from Florida State University and is pursuing a doctoral degree in physical therapy at the University of Florida.