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  1. I'm looking for good bodyweight exercises that help to strengthen and tone the inner thighs. Hear me out - this isn't a whiny "I want to spot tone" thread. So here's what's going on: I've gone to PT twice (over 2 years) for the same problem. Honestly I was doing great the first time around. Then I started to slip. Then I just didn't do it at all. I figured "nah, I'll just do stuff at the gym and that'll cover both bases!" Wrong. The second time around that I went to PT they told me I still have the same defect essentially, but I found out what is actually causing it and what I can do to fix it. My kneecaps both track to the outsides of my legs. In this case, they click when I bend them like going up or down stairs, and often results in a sharp pain starting in front under the patellar groove and moving up over the patella to the outside of my thigh. It hurts, it's painful, it's with me everyday and it causes me to make more excuses why I can't do things. (FYI my mantra for this year is "No more excuses") I practice Aikido and there is a LOT of kneeling, rolling, getting up, falling down, and movement that aggravates it. The problem apparently is that I have weak inner thigh muscles, and strong outer thigh muscles. The stronger ones pull the tendons, which pull my kneecaps to the outside. I have to strengthen the inner ones. So in my head when I was told that I'm thinking "No s*** Sherlock, I'm over weight, I'm soft in most areas...and that's one of the hardest places to tone!" I'm honestly looking for help to build on the exercises that I received in physical therapy (PT). The PT exercises are helpful, slightly, but I don't feel that they are really targeting the problem; rather just preventing it from getting worse. I've Googled some stuff, but I'm not so sure what's going to help. So far I'm in love with squats, they don't hurt me as bad as a lunge does and it works a ton of muscles. But....what are my other options?
  2. Well count this under the TMI category. I've lost about 60 lbs over the last few years. Most of my skin has bounced back, except for my upper thighs. Those damn upper thighs! I've always figured they will eventually bounce back with exercise and proper skin care (not that I'm any good at the skin care part, I'm not really hip on what all that entails beyond soap LOL). However, I am now encountering some issues with this loose skin - boils and chafing. I've had chafing before, and boils before when I was heavier - hadn't had for a long time... until last night/this morning! Woke up with a boil on my inner thigh that hurt like a mother! I've previously seen doctors about the same thing, and was told it's nothing to worry about - it will eventually pop on it's own, etc. But it forking hurts! So last night I went on a looong walk/run with my pup (for me). 5km walk/jog through path's near my house to the dog park, walked around the dog park a bit and then another 5 km walk/job home. The pants I was wearing were decent - running tights, but cheaper - I find their actually warmer, so for our current temperatures it works. However, these pants do fall down a bit when I am running - so i figure that is where I got the chafing and subsequent boil. Now my goals entail running a 5k... so it's not like I can just stop running for fear of chafing and these boils... so I am looking for a solution! To me, that means tightening up that loose skin, so it stops rubbing together so much! However everything I read states the upper thigh as being the most stubborn of skin to get back - and everything is either "do this wrap" or "have this surgery". I'm not up for cosmetic surgery, it's just not me and nor do I think I have so much that it is necessary. I've tried some wraps before - but those were more for "weightloss" as in they got out toxins. However I do hear that there are some home wraps that work awesome for the health of the skin. So my question to y'all is: what is your suggestion to tighten up skin? Do you have a skin care regimen (i hear dry brushing is good too, not that i know what it is), or a wrap or mask you've used that you see a difference with? Specific exercise that helps? Etc.
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