When it comes to thighs many of us feel like less is definitely more. That is especially true in summer; the season of swimsuits and shorts. Suddenly, we can’t hide jiggle with jeans. Don’t let cellulite be the star attraction of your summer look. Add these exercises to your fitness routine just three times weekly. In just one month you’ll be able to see a little less of your thighs so you can be confident when you show a little more.
Start with Cross Jacks
This modified jumping jack does double duty by trimming the outer thighs while helping you burn calories and fat. Get started with your feet hip width apart and your arms fully extended from your shoulders airplane style. Now jump and as you do cross your right arm over your left arm and your right foot over your left foot. Jump again to return to the starting position and again to cross the opposite arm and leg. Jump as quickly as you can to keep your heart rate up. If you are a beginner aim to do at least two sets of 10-15 and build from there. Cross jacks are also great for your shoulders.
This one should be on everyone’s list. Side planks work not only your thighs but also abs and arms. Start by lying on your side with legs fully extended. Raise your body to rest on your elbow and forearm. Lift your hips so that your body looks like a ruler from your shoulders down. Keep you abs in tight and hold the position as long as you can. If you are a beginner try to hold it for at least 30 seconds and work up to a minute. Repeat on the other side.
Start by standing with your feet side by side. Step wide with your left foot and bend your knee toward the floor. Your right leg should be at a straight angle (imagine the side of your thigh as the top of slide). Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Aim for three sets of ten to start.
Although the above exercises will help trim your thighs the most effective strategy is to reduce overall body fat. One of the best ways to do this is with running. Running is a terrific work out for your lower body and it burns more calories than almost any other exercise. If you are new to running start with a walk run routine. Head to the park for a 5 minute warm-up, run 10 seconds and walk 50 seconds of every minute for twenty minutes and end with a 5 minute cool down.
Thighs, abs and arms rank at the top of the list for trouble spots. Start this routine today and before you know it some of those spots will be more trim than troublesome.