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Belly, Butt & Thigh Toning Exercises

No matter which areas of your body you're focusing on, there are exercises you can use to build and define the muscles, leaving you with a tight, toned physique. To tone your belly, butt and thighs, you'll want to include a few strength-training exercises.

For Your Belly

Your abdominal muscles include the rectus abdominis muscles, internal and external obliques, and the transverse abdominis muscles. To work these muscles, include push crunches, dumbbell side bends, and incline twisting sit-ups in your total workout plan. Always engage your core by squeezing your lower abdomen in before performing any ab exercises.

Build Your Butt

The buttocks consist of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles. To tone and tighten these muscles, the most effective exercises are squats, lunges, deadlifts, and step-ups.

Tone Your Thighs

The muscles in the thighs are the quadriceps (front) and the hamstrings (back). Squats and lunges are most effective at strengthening these muscles, but you can also include deadlifts, leg extensions and leg presses.

Your Workout Plan

Start with a single set of 12 reps of each exercise and gradually work your way up to a full three sets of 12 to 15 reps. Include cardio to blast calories and shed those layers of body fat. Do four to five 30- to 45-minute sessions a week, including exercises such as burpees, jumping rope, and jump squats to burn fat from your belly, butt and thighs.

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About the Author

Michelle Dawn has written professionally since 2005, covering a variety of topics over that time, the majority of that work focused on health and well-being. A Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Yoga Instructor, she enjoys teaching others how to live their healthiest, happiest life.

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