Thigh Slimming Exercises That Really Work

Let’s face facts ladies… at one stage in our lives, most of us will have wanted slimmer or more toned thighs. We all want to look sleek and sexy in that little black dress for a night out, or be able to stroll around the pool without the need for a towel covering our fat on our upper legs.

Below, I’ll give you the low down on four effective thigh-slimming exercises which can be woven into even the most inactive or laid-back lifestyle.

It should be obvious that diet is essential to maintaining a slim and toned figure. A bad diet can result in annoying weight gain around the waist and thighs, so it’s vital that we maintain a healthy diet as well as keeping up frequent exercise. In today’s busy world, most people have difficulty avoiding yo-yo dieting and fast food drive-thru windows; but you can achieve real gains by keeping a keen eye on the fat, calories and sodium in the food you order, and making sure you include plenty of lean proteins, whole grains, fruit and veg in your meal plan. It’s okay to indulge your cravings every so often; but make sure you don’t get carried away, otherwise you’ll pay for it later.

Walking is probably the easiest means for people of all fitness levels to achieve thigh slimming and overall weight control. It works just about all the body’s muscles, improves blood flow and provides an excellent cardio workout.

For more tailored thigh exercises, you can consider any of the following:

Inner Thigh Lift

1. Lie on the floor in a side-on position, leaning on your left side with your head resting on your left arm

2. Push your right arm above your head, arm to ear, or rest your arm on your right hip.

3. Keeping the left leg rigid, bend the right leg at the knee and lower your right foot to the floor in front of you.

4. With your left foot flexed (not pointed), raise your left leg from the floor (about six inches) for a count of two. Exhale as you elevate the leg, and slowly bring the leg down as you inhale.

5. When your leg reaches the floor, lift again straight away – do not rest your leg on the floor – and use your inner thigh muscles to regulate the up and down movements.

6. Start with ten repetitions initially, and progress up to 20.

7. Repeat with the right leg.

Kneeling Leg Lifts

1. On your hands and needs, line your shoulders up with your hands and your hips with your knees.

2. Keep your back rigid.

3. With your left knee still flexed at a 90-degree angle, lift your leg to the side and slowly bring it back to the floor. Regulate the movements with your inner thigh muscles – don’t rely on gravity.

4. Begin with five repetitions, and progress up to 10.

5. Do the same with the right leg.

Squats

1. Set your feet flat on the floor, hip distance apart.

2. Maintaining a straight back, put your hands on your hips.

3. Bend at the knees and squat down as far as you can, your feet still anchored to the floor.

4. Hold the squat for a count of two, and then push back upwards with your thigh muscles.

5. Start with five repetitions and progress to an end goal of 10 or 15.

Leg Lifts

1. Fix your feet flat to the floor, hip width apart.

2. Keeping your back straight, prop yourself against a wall or counter with your hands.

3. With your knee locked, raise your left leg out to the side and hold for a count of five.

4. Raise your knee to a 90-degree angle, with your thigh is parallel to the floor, and hold for a count of five.

5. Using your inner thigh muscle, bring your leg back down and set your foot flat on the floor.

6. Begin with five repetitions, and gradually move up to 10.

7. Do the same with the right leg.

After finishing your thigh slimming exercises, remember to lightly stretch your muscles to reduce soreness the following day. Try to incorporate these exercises, along with arm slimming exercises and waist slimming exercises, three to five days a week on a regular basis for optimum gains.