Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! In this video we are exploring a beginner level thigh adduction exercise I call a Sliding Leg Thigh Adduction. I know, the name isn’t very creative, but it tells you exactly what we are going to do. And that is really work those inner thighs!
Why Do a Sliding Leg Thigh Adduction?
- Motor control is increased in the body by strengthening the hip adductors. This means that your body moves more smoothly and effectively when performing bilateral and unilateral movements, such as lifting weights, rearranging furniture in the living room, or getting in and out of bed.
- Our hip adductors comprise almost ¼ of the total mass of our legs, meaning this isn’t a muscle group to overlook when working the leg muscles. These muscles work with our hip abductors to provide lateral (or side-to-side) stabilization of our hips.
- Also, the hip adductors are important for overall hip stability as well as pelvis and low back injury prevention.
- Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
- The hip flexors and hip abductors will get a slight workout from this exercise, which will make them stronger for activities like running, walking or getting out of chairs.
How to Perform a Sliding Leg Thigh Adduction:
- Stand up tall with one foot on a furniture glider or Pilates reformer. Keep the other foot firmly plants on a solid, stable surface such as the floor or wooden frame of a reformer.
- Move the foot on the glider laterally (to the side) as far as you can while still keeping your adductor muscles engaged.
- When you reach the end of your range of motion, slowly draw your legs back together using your adductor muscles.
- Continue moving in this manner for 12-15 reps and be sure to repeat on the other leg for 3-4 sets total.
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Additionally, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!
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