If you’re female, more likely than not, you know what it’s like to deal with less than perfect thighs. For most of us, oestrogen tells our bodies to deposit fat around our thighs and buttocks.
If you’re pear shaped like I am, you may find that traditional cardio workouts may not give you the desired results. Rather than working out more, you need to work smarter. You can do this and successfully whittle down flabby thighs by combining both cardio and strength training.
While cardio helps you to burn fat, strength training will help you tone your legs so that they look amazing.
Start with 20 to 30 minutes of high intensity cardio, jogging, running or skipping. (Have you noticed that marathon runners have slim thighs while sprinters have thicker thighs?) Include at least 3 sets of 3 different exercises each time you work out. Working with weights won’t lead to thicker thighs, rather, building muscle boosts your metabolism helping you burn more calories.
Here are 7 exercises that really work to slim down and tone those thighs.
Step Ups – 10 reps on each leg. Don’t be afraid to add some weights.
Lunge- 10 reps on each leg.
Goblet or Plie squats – These help sculpt your inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, and butt, making your legs look leaner and slimmer.
Squats – 20 reps
Fire hydrant – 15 reps on each leg
Side Kicks – 15 reps on each leg
All these exercises combined with healthy eating will give you the desired results. Your diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, protein, healthy fats, lots of water and healthy carbs. When It comes to snacks and junk food, allow yourself to indulge or “cheat, “a maximum of 3 times a week.
A regular workout regime (at least 3 times a week) coupled with healthy eating will give you the desired results. Your diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, protein, healthy fats and healthy carbs. When it comes to food, allow yourself to indulge or “cheat” a maximum of 3 times a week. But remember, abs are made in the kitchen – The less you cheat, the better.