We all have those hard-to-work areas that need a little extra TLC.

Every body shape is different so for some it’s the tummy, on others it’s the arms and, of course, the rear end.

Then there are the dreaded thighs. You would think they get what they need just from squats and lunges, but I think most of you agree they need a little more work.

Our move today is an inner thigh ball squeeze. You will need a yoga ball and a place to sit.

Begin this move by placing your yoga ball between your knees and thighs after you have comfortably seated yourself on the edge of your bench or chair. Hold your chest tall, engage your abdomen and you are ready to squeeze.

Start by pressing your knees inward, applying pressure to the ball. Squeeze until you feel the fullest amount of tension in the inner thigh area. Once you reach that point, only release to the halfway point, keeping constant tension in your focus area.

Continue this squeeze and half release movement for at least 20 to 30 times. Take a small break, wiggle the legs, and continue for three to five sets.

This exercise is perfect on its own or even better when added into a lower body routine.

— Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.com.