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The pesky and unwanted little fat deposits around your hips and upper thighs? Those are the saddlebags, and they’re are a problem area for women everywhere. While it may seem difficult to eliminate them, it’s not impossible. Pair these four saddlebag-blasting exercises with a healthy diet, and you’ll be saying sayonara to your saddlebags in no time!

Clamshells
Lie on right side with knees bent at a 45-degree angle, left leg stacked on top of right, and knees and ankles aligned. Keeping core engaged and ankles together, slowly open left knee to the sky. Pause, then return to starting position. Be sure to engage glutes and keep torso straight. (For more of a challenge, wrap a resistance band around legs slightly above knees.) Do 12 to 15 reps on each side.

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Lateral Lunge
Stand with feet shoulder-distance apart. Without moving left leg, take a big step to the right with right foot. Keeping left leg straight, squat down to the right by sitting hips down and back. Keep core engaged and back straight, and don’t let right knee come past toes. Push through right heel to return to starting position. Do 10 to 12 reps on each side.

Squat Walks
Wrap a resistance band around legs slightly below knees (for more of a challenge, wrap it around ankles). Stand with feet shoulder-distance apart. Engage glute muscles and sit hips back slightly. Engage core and take a big step to the left (don’t let knees collapse inward). Then step right foot toward left, making sure to maintain tension in the band. Take 15 steps to the left and then reverse, taking 15 steps to the right.

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Fire Hydrants
Get on hands and knees in a tabletop position, shoulders stacked above wrists and hips above knees. Flex feet and engage core. Keeping knee bent, lift left leg out to the side until inner thigh is parallel with the ground. Pause at the top and slowly return to starting position. Do 15 reps on each side.

Finish with my Strawberry Banana Crunch Smoothie Bowl for a tasty post-workout recovery snack.

By Dempsey Marks for DietsInReview.com

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