Classic Chinese Hip,
Thigh & Waist Exercises

As with most traditional Chinese health exercises, the hip, thigh and waist exercises listed below are easy to learn, simple to do and effective. They can be done alone or in combination with one or more others to slim your hips and waist and tone, stretch and strengthen your thighs.

Regularly doing these exercises offers other benefits too. As the mid section of your body contains your digestive, excretory and reproductive organs, you may experience improvements in digestion, bowel movements and sexual health, for instance. Your mid-section is also called your core. A strong, flexible core helps prevent lower back pain, encourages good posture and improves balance and stability for sports and other activities.

Check with your health professional first though before trying any new exercises, especially if you have a history of back or hip problems, or you haven't exercised for some time.

Get the best of these exercises on video.

Hip Swivel: An exercise to slim your hips & waist that also limbers & loosens your lower back and hip joints.

Back Twist: Looking for love handle exercises? The Back Twist slims your hips and waist, stretches your back and stimulates digestion and blood flow.

Thigh Burner: A powerful leg and inner thigh exercise that stretches and strengthens. Also strengthens your pelvic area and firms your butt.

Forward Lunge: A thigh stretching exercise that loosens & strengthens the thighs, ankles and lower back.

Bodyweight Squats: Squats are a powerful way to build your thighs, strengthen your lower back and abs, firm your butt, develop stamina, and more.

Waist Exercises: The Forward-Backward Bend is one of the best waist exercises you can do. It tones, stretches and strengthens your abdominals, waist, hips, thighs and lower back.