Tips on How to Tone Your Thighs

Everyone wants a toned body but few are actually willing to work out at the gym. If you’re part of the majority who’s not exactly thrilled at the prospect of working out in front of other people, then these exercises are just right for you. You see, there’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” when it comes to getting in shape and achieving your dream physique.


It’s not just about looking good (although that’s part of the package) but more importantly, it’s about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and lowering your risk of developing certain diseases. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), less than 5% of the adult population spend at least 30 minutes doing various physical activities in a day. Furthermore, only 1 in 3 adults participates in the recommended amount of physical activity each week.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a guideline stating that adults should spend 150 minutes of moderate-intensity workouts or 75 minutes for those who prefer vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise. These should be spread out evenly throughout the week.


Some might think that toning your thighs is tough work. It is, but it’s not something that a sizable amount of dedication and perseverance cannot achieve.

What are some tips and tricks to get that toned thigh?

  • Check with your physician if you have any pre-existing condition which might restrict your activities. Remember that some workouts require lifting weights so make sure they aren’t contraindicated for you.


  • Do what works for you. Gym, CrossFit, and Zumba are not for everyone. There are other means of doing cardiovascular and aerobic exercises to trim down the fat in your thighs. If you enjoy being outdoors, you can run or jog around the neighborhood for at least 20 minutes per session, three sessions a week. If you find that way too easy, slowly increase it to 45 minutes each time.


  • Exercise whenever you can. In between chores, you can do some quick squats by leaning your head, shoulders, butt, and lower back against a wall. Position your feet 18 inches in front and slide down until your legs form a 90° angle from the floor. Hold this for 30 seconds, go back to your starting position then repeat as many times as you can.


  • Try strength training and doing thigh workouts using resistance bands. You get to burn more calories, trim more fat, and consequently build leg muscles without having to go to the gym. The benefits don’t end there. Since it is essentially a form of strength training, your body will continue burning calories even when you’re no longer doing any physical activity such as when you’re sleeping or sitting.


  • Lunges target the inner thighs, butt, quads, and hamstrings. Start by standing with feet hip-width apart. Lunge with your left leg forward until your knees are bent 90° from the floor. Step back to your starting position and do the same for the other leg all the while making sure your upper body doesn’t lean forward. Repeat for 15-20 times per set and 2-3 sets every session.


  • It’s best to workout on your weaker side first. The reason is simple; you need to strengthen it prioritize it over the stronger side.


  • Take your workout to the next level. If you feel like you’ve gotten used to the routine and there’s no challenge anymore, you may need to step it up. For example, instead of squats, do squat jumps.


  • Be patient. The fat in your thigh and hip area are way more difficult to burn and trim down as opposed to your abdomen. Thus, it’s imperative that you stay focused and consistent in your workouts even if you still can’t see visible results.


  • Watch what you eat. More often than not, this part is more difficult to follow than your most rigorous workout routine. There are people who think they can get away with eating anything (pizza, burgers, and fries included) by merely working out twice as hard. It doesn’t work that way. Similarly, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to deprive yourself of the good things. The key here is a balanced diet incorporating lean meat, high-fiber foods, fruits, and vegetables.


  • Drink plenty of water and never skip breakfast. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommended different daily fluid intake depending on gender; 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters for women. Breakfast provides you with the energy you need to start your day. Skipping breakfast is counterproductive because it will make your metabolism slower.


Getting toned thighs is difficult to achieve but once you do, it’s worth every effort. It takes a lot of discipline to stick to your routine and a bucketful of patience to go on even when you feel like quitting. In the end, every sweat is definitely going to pay off.