Start by lying propped up on your left side with your left hand directly under your shoulder. Extend both legs to make a line from shoulder to ankle with your feet either stacked, or slightly staggered for added balance.
Inhale and contract your core muscles, putting all your weight on your feet and hand.
Slowly exhale as you push into your hand and feet to lift your hip up as high as you can, at the same time lifting your right arm in an arching motion from your abdomen to over your head. Then inhale as you slowly let your arm and hip drop down within an inch of the ground.
Perform the motion for a set number of repetitions, switch sides and repeat on the opposite side.
The Side Hip Raise is, like most Pilates exercises, a great core workout. It targets all of the muscles around your midsection and helps to tone, strengthen, and slim your waist. This move specifically targets the obliques and outer thighs, providing an easy and effective way to tone thighs and abs simultaneously. This is a great addition to any core routine or home workout program.