Exercises To Tone Legs & Thighs

Submitted by Kevin Pederson on February 14, 2012

As men and women grow older, fat usually begins to get deposited and accumulated in the hips and thigh regions. Yet, many people, especially women, do not do exercises for their thighs, believing that it will make them look large and muscular. This is not true. It is very important for you to do hips and thigh exercises along with exercises for other parts of your body.

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There are plenty of different exercises that you can do for your thighs, but it's better to stick to the basic movements that build core strength. These exercises can be done in a gym or in your house. You can also try some yoga exercises to give your thighs a stretch and strengthen them at the same time.


Remember to start every workout with a warm up. This can involve some light skipping, stretches or some walking. This is very important, and will prevent you from injuries or from getting sore the next day. Some leg and thigh exercises you can do are:

  • Squats. These are the main stay of your leg workout, and exercise the entire thigh. They can be done in many different ways: free squats, with your back on the wall, with dumbbells or a barbell or on a Smith Machine. Keep your feet a little more than shoulder width apart, and keeping your back straight and perpendicular do the floor, bend at the knees to do down. Keeping your head and chest up, come up to complete one rep.
  • Lunges. This is a beautiful front thigh exercise. Standing with feet shoulder width, back straight and chest out, take a long step forward. Bend the front knee and go down, till the rear knee touches the floor. Come back up to the starting position.
  • The seated butterfly exercises the inner thigh. Sitting on an exercise mat, with your back straight, join the soles of your feet. Pull them in as close to your body as you can. If you can, apply slight pressure to your thighs, pushing them down. Hold for 30 seconds, and slowly release. This movement exercises inner thighs.
  • The seated hip twist exercises outer thigh and rear thigh. Sitting on a mat with your legs straight ahead; your back upright, bend your right knee, and place your foot over the left leg. Hold your right knee with your arms, and gently pull it toward you opposite shoulder. Hold of thirty seconds and repeat with the other leg.

These thigh toning exercises should have you on your way back to fit, toned thighs and legs.

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