- Category: Fitness, Health
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From one of our inner thigh workout videos:
"The question that always gets asked; Can you tell me how to get an inner thigh gap? Are these inner thigh gap exercises?
Here’s my take on this one; it might not be what you are looking for/hoping to hear, but it’s the truth.
An inner thigh gap is often seen on very lean individuals, but it also has something to do with the width of your hips compared to the length of your femoral head. In the case of the latter, there’s not a whole lot that you can do to change how far apart your thighs are from one another (it has to do with bone structure).
Not everyone who has that space between their thighs is unhealthily thin and many people’s bodies have it naturally and they don’t think twice about it.
With that said, there is a strong association with disordered thinking (eating disorders, body dysmorphia, etc) and striving for a thigh gap. The short and sweet of my opinion on this matter is that there is absolutely no health benefit from having a thigh gap, so it is not a fitness goal that you benefit from setting your sights on. It doesn’t make you stronger. It doesn’t make your heart beat more powerfully, it doesn’t make you run faster, and it doesn’t make you healthier. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to tone up the inner thighs, and the exercises in the video above work, but if I could convince just one Fitness Blender viewer to switch their focus from this meaningless, empty goal that breeds potentially detrimental thoughts, to one that is more focused on a strong and healthy body, then this was a rant worth ranting."
A question and topic we often encounter is how to get a thigh gap. We're hoping to clear up some of the misinformation out there and maybe even encourage you to refocus on a fitness goal more oriented towards health.
A thigh gap largely has to do with your bone structure; something you cannot change. To try and diet and exercise your way to a thigh gap is completely unrealistic and any trainer that tells you otherwise is either wildly uneducated on the subject of fitness and the human body, or just telling you what they think you want to hear.
There's nothing wrong with having a thigh gap. There is, however, something wrong with over exercising, ruthlessly dieting to the point of being malnourished, and generally making yourself mentally and physically unhealthy in effort to reach a goal that is literally not possible for your body.
Here's what we want you to take away from our rant; for the love of all things good health, set and pursue fitness goals that improve the health of your body and your quality of live - not empty goals that are at best unattainable and diminishing of your wellbeing.
Push yourself towards fitness goals that make you feel strong, vibrant, happy and healthy, and I guarantee that you're going to like the changes you see in your body and mindset.