Many women want slimmer thighs. But do you find changes to your diet and endurance training do little to help? Thankfully, help is at hand: fitness expert Jessica Smith has come up with the following exercise program that could help you slim down your thighs in as little as one week. After each exercise you should do 15 to 20 minutes of cardio training.
1. FROG KICKS
Start by lying down on your back and placing both arms to your side. Slightly bend your legs and lift them up as close as you can towards you. Make sure that you keep your back straight. Keep your heels together so that your toes are facing outwards. Your knees will also be pointing out to the side. Slowly kick your legs out at a 45-degree angle to the floor and press your knees together. Hold this position for a few seconds before bringing your legs back towards you. Repeat this exercise 15 times.
2. SIDE-TO-SIDE PLIÉ
Stand up straight with your legs slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and your toes facing outwards. Now crouch down into a squat position. Hold this position for 30 seconds and then bring yourself up by lifting your right knee towards your chest. Bring your right leg back down and do the same with the left leg. Repeat this thigh exercise 10 times with each leg.
3. SKATER HOPS
Lean forward, keep your back straight, and move from one leg to the other in a skater movement. When you move onto one leg, keep the other leg behind you. Move your arms in front of you at the same time for a better training effect. You should do this exercise for one minute.
4. HALF MOON KICKS
Stand so that your feet are in line with your hips and clench your fists as if you were about to start a boxing match. Kick one leg out forwards and make a crescent shape outwards on the floor once you’ve brought your foot back towards you. If you find that too difficult, simply draw a circle on the floor with your toes. This keeps your weight on one foot. Repeat this exercise 10 times.
5. BUTTERFLY STRETCH
To finish, sit down on the floor and bring the soles of your feet together. While holding your ankles, drive your knees down into the floor. Keep your back straight and hold this position for 30 seconds. This exercise will stretch your thigh muscles and help prevent any soreness the next day.
You can also use hydrotherapy and massages to tighten up your thighs. These measures increase blood flow and help your body burn fat more quickly. Massage your thighs daily using circular motions and switch between hot and cold when showering.