Saddlebags is the commonly given to deposits of fat located on the sides of the upper legs and the area directly below the buttocks. The problem stems from a lack of muscle in the glutes and hamstrings. With little muscle to support it, the excess fat in his area falls outwards and forwards to the sides of the thighs. Strengthening and building the glutes and hamstrings will pull muscles upwards and towards backs of the thighs.
Toning exercises for saddlebags won’t get of your saddlebags if you are overweight. However, it’s never too soon to start doing them. Exercises that target the saddlebag area will firm and tighten the underlying muscles so that when you lose your excess weight, your thighs will look sleeker.
Side lunges work your hamstrings, hip abductors, quads and glutes.
How to Do:
- Start by standing with your feet hip-distance apart while your arms are extended in front of you.
- Step out on one side while bending your knee into a squatting pose.
- Ensure that your spine is straightened to create a line from your neck to your tailbone.
- Move back to the standing position and alternate with the other side.
- Repeat for 10 times per set on each leg and aim for 3 sets.
How to Do:
- Sumo squats will work your butt and help tone your lower half.
- Stand with your legs shoulder width apart. Slowly bend your knees, lowering your body.
- Stop when your legs are parallel to the floor. Go back to the starting position, by straightening your legs.
- Perform 3 sets of 15 repetitions.