Many of us would like to get rid of some of the extra padding on our legs. While exercise and diet can’t change overall leg shape or leg length, there’s plenty of scope for toning things up and losing some of those wobbles.
Leg exercises should be a standard part of your workout – but what can you do to target those thighs? As most of us know, you can’t spot reduce or burn fat in a specific area. However you can lose fat overall with a healthy diet and calorie burning exercise. Combining with these particular moves should do the trick.
The muscles that you want to work include the quadriceps (front of thigh), hamstrings (back of thighs) and abductors (inner thighs). Strengthen and toning these will give you legs that not only look good but keep you going in everyday life.
Here are five moves to tone up those upper legs. Add to your workout or use as a mini-routine.
Also known as ‘ski sits’, this move strengthens your quadriceps, essential for strong thighs and for supporting knees.
Here is the wall squat technique; remember to keep knees over ankles. This move is much harder than it looks!
Your hamstrings have to be balanced with your quads, not only for appearance but also to keep knees strong.
These hamstring pull-ins using a stability ball will even things up nicely. As you can hear on the video, this is another exercise that is harder than it looks.
With muscles warmed, it is time to add some more intensive work. These will get the heart rate going and start using up some fat reserves.
Alternating step ups can be done on a sturdy chair or even a staircase, as well as the fitness step shown here:
Now it’s time to move sideways and work those abductors. Here are some simple exercises which need no equipment, and will really deal with that wobble.
Cool down with a final balance exercise, again using a stability ball. Lateral lunges with a ball give those inner abductors something to work on:
With this workout, there’s no excuse for wobbly thighs!
didn't realise step was still 'in' - I used to love those classes!
I can do with these right now. Too much baking and eating cakes lately means my thighs are expanding rapidly.
If I had thighs like that woman in the photo I wouldn't have to worry about exercises!
Thigh fat can be so stubborn - I do some of these exercises regularly but I'll make sure to work more in.