Tummy to thighs. Tricks to beat those problem areas

Tummy to thighs. Tricks to beat those problem areas

Let’s face it, if it’s not all three of the above, then you probably struggle to keep at least one of these areas in check.

Commonly known as “problem areas”, we tend to carry more fat around these areas and so toning them up is trickier than say, arms or legs.

These exercises aren’t aiming for you to lose your shape – just tone up what you already have.


Bicycle sit-ups

Any exercise that engages your core will help to establish more tone around your tummy area, so try this version of a crunch for some good core workouts.

Start by lying on the floor with your hands behind your head.

With bent knees, lift your feet from the floor so your upper legs are 90 degrees to the floor.

Pulling in your tummy, use your stomach muscles as you reach your left elbow towards your right knee, and then alternate legs – just like riding a bicycle! Go for 20 reps.

Reverse Crunch

Lying on the floor, raise your legs up straight so your toes are pointing to the ceiling or sky!

Engage your core and raise your lower back off the floor as if you are trying to get your feet even higher up.

It will feel like you are trying to raise your bottom away from the ground. Keep your legs up and don’t let them drop. Repeat ten times.



Start in a lying position with your hands down by your sides.

Put your feet flat to the floor and push up so you raise your bottom off the floor along with your lower back. Your arms should remain on the floor.

Forming a diagonal line from your knees down to your head slightly lower your hips and then raise them back up again in pulses.

Repeat 10 times.

Now take your right leg and cross it over your leg. Lower up and down 10 times and then switch legs.


Sumo Squats

A sumo squat is just a deeper version of an ordinary squat.

Start with your feet just wider than hip width apart and sit back and down, pressing your heels into the ground and without your feet moving. It will feel a little like squatting down on a toilet!

Start with 10 squats, then rest for 30 seconds and do another 10 until you can’t do any more.

The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Clare R.
30 September 2016

Clare R.

I know we can't spot-reduce - but we can tone up and anything that targets these wobbles is worth a go. But regarding toxins, as far as I know my liver and kidneys are fine so they will get rid of those.

Elizabeth N.
30 September 2016

Elizabeth N.

Jut tried these out and my backside is burning! The sumo squat is a killer! Should add though that lots of fresh water is meant to help too, flushes out the toxins that dimple the skin around that area.

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