- Posted September 22, 2013 by
Tips on Getting your Thigh Thinner
Losing thigh fat can only be done successfully with a combination of diet and exercise. Getting in shape and eating right also means that you'll see fat loss in other parts of your body. If you're serious about dropping a few pounds in your thighs and elsewhere, read on.
Exercise your whole body. Without getting too technical, the body loses fat by converting it into usable energy. This process is called ketosis. But when your body converts fat into energy, it loses fat from all over, not just in a specific place like your thighs. So in order to work away that thigh fat, you have to work out your entire body.
If you want a full-body workout that burns a lot of calories but is relatively safe on your joints, try biking or swimming. These are recommended specifically for people suffering from arthritis or nursing a serious injury. Spin those legs or work those laps for an hour at least three times a week.
Play a sport. Joining a recreational or competitive league, or merely playing with friends, can make a huge difference in burning calories. We're more motivated to participate in sports for social and competitive reasons. This means we're much more likely to play for the entire game and burn more calories than we are to give up when the workout becomes hard.
Sadly, yoga and Pilates are not great at burning lots of calories, so don't rely on them exclusively. Yoga and Pilates burn about 200 calories per hour, compared to about 800 calories burned by playing competitive basketball. If you're serious about losing thigh fat, but seriously devoted to yoga, work another program into your calorie-busting routine.
Target your thighs with thigh exercise. Maybe your thighs are a little less toned than you want them to be. That's okay. In order to blast away some of that flab, do some exercises that will replace the fat with a little bit of muscle.
Squats. There are tons of different squat exercises you can do, but the basic idea is this: With your legs shoulder-width apart, lower your bum down to the ground until your thighs are parallel with the ground. Balance here for a split second before pushing up.
Lunges. With a 5- or 8-pound dumbbell in each hand, lunge forward with one leg and bring the opposite knee about an inch above the ground. Step back and continue with the opposite leg.
Inner-thigh press. Lay down on a mat with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the ground. Put a medium rubber ball (or a knotted beach towel) between your legs and squeeze for 30 seconds. Let go and repeat.
Hip extensions. Kneel on a mat with your elbows bent down on the floor. Lift your leg up and extend it fully behind your body. Bend your left leg and draw it in so that it lightly taps the back of your right knee. Extend the left leg out again. Repeat with other leg.