A client once asked me which exercise was the absolute best to help make her hips slimmer. I told her that "The Push Away" exercise was by far the most effective. She anxiously asked me how to perform it. I told her that when she's sitting at the dinner table and wants seconds, she should grasp the front of the table, take a deep breath... and push away! OK, maybe not what you want to hear, but the story leads us in the right direction.
It's not possible to spot reduce any one area of the body through diet and exercise. If it was, plastic surgeons would be hurting for business. So why am I writing an article about how to slim your hips? Because it is possible to get slimmer hips -- the problem most women run into is that their approach is ineffective.
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Depending on genetics, people store fat in varying amounts on different areas of the body. Some people are prone to storing fat around theirs hips and thighs, while others store excess fat around the waist. However, no matter where you store it, you have to come to terms with one physiological fact: You can't tighten up body fat. Generally, the first place you gain fat is the last place that you lose, so patience and consistency are critical.
The bottom line is that you have to reduce overall body fat and focus on a balanced program with an added specialty workout focus for troubled areas.
That being said, here's my four-point plan for trimming your hips:
1. Follow a calorie-reduced nutrition program. This is your first line of attack in reducing body fat.
2. Perform cardiovascular exercise such as jogging four to five days per week for 30 minutes. Many of my personal training clients and eDiets members have experienced great success with a moderate intensity cardio program (e.g. jogging, power walking and video tapes).
3. Strength train twice a week for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Even small amounts of muscle rev the metabolism and stimulate fat loss.
4. Do a specialized routine for the hips. This allows one to work the hips with concentrated exercises so that when body fat is reduced, you're left with lean, tighter hips.