Most people have a problem area or two that they'd like to see firm up. Thighs can be a particularly tough spot, an area of the body that often stores some extra ounces. If you would like to get rid of cellulite on your thighs or contain the jiggle, changing up your exercise routine and watching your eating habits can really help.
Toning with diet
What you eat plays an important role in toning those muscles, and protein is exactly what the body uses to produce it. If you eat the right foods, you give your body what it needs to produce healthy, lean muscle. A high-protein diet combined with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help strip the fat, leaving good muscle tone behind. To get your thighs tight and toned, you will need to add some exercise, but eating well is the best way to reduce the jiggle and build smooth, tight muscle.
Working your thighs with cardio
Good eating gives you the right fuel to take trips to the gym and other exercise. Cardio is an important part of any fitness regimen, but if you want to tone your thighs, consider a few targeted options. Spinning will help lengthen your leg muscles and works the thighs more than walking or running. If you prefer hitting the treadmill, make sure to add incline. Running or walking up and down hills will challenge those thigh muscles more than running on flat ground. You might even want to add some time on a stair climber.
If you don't have a gym membership or just want to find something you can do at home, climbing stairs is a great way to get cardio and work the thighs. Try to add in an extra five flights every day. If you have a first-floor bathroom, consider only using the second-floor option, naturally adding in some steps. You might also go up and down twice, every time you need to head up or down the stairs. No matter what cardio regimen you go with, try to get in at least 30 to 45 minutes at least three times a week.
Build muscle with strength training
Cardio helps you shed pounds and build endurance, but for body sculpting, you need to add strength training. To start, you can get a good leg workout in at home. These are a few of the best exercises:
- Lunges (all types of lunges help work the thighs, so start with the basic lunge and work up the difficulty)
- Warrior poses
- Squats (all variations)
- Leg lifts and circles
The thighs can be a major problem area, but with some dedicated effort, you can tighten up these muscles and get summer-ready legs before you hit the beach.
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Nadine Miller has been a professional freelance writer for more than five years from her Baltimore home. She specializes in home and family, small business and nonprofit topics, drawing on her extensive professional experience in these areas. When not working, she enjoys doing social outreach for her favorite charities, curling up with a good book, and pretending to crochet.