Short shorts and bathing suits don’t like jiggly thighs and neither do you. Your legs, which hold the largest muscles on your body, would seem to be working so much on a daily basis that they should be strong as mules. However, the presence of jiggle means you could stand to do a bit more to tighten everything up. Toning the excess skin and burning fat takes a few exercises that, with some consistency, will show you a difference in only a few short weeks.
Start your thigh-tightening regimen by selecting a few exercises that target specific muscles like your hamstrings (back of the thigh) or your quadriceps (large muscle on the outside front of the thigh). Consider doing exercises that work all of your thigh muscles at the same time.
Do squats by standing with feet hip-width a part, and sit down as if you’re sitting in a chair. Go as low as you can making sure your knees do not hover past your toes and stand straight back up squeezing your bottom on the way up. Do several (two to three) sets of squats with eight to 10 repetitions in each set. Choose to do the first set slowly, breathing as you move up and down. Use the second set to pulse a little faster, making sure to pay special attention to your form throughout.
Give your inner and outer thighs a challenge and your back a rest. Lie down on your back with your legs and arms straight down. Keep your hands to your sides and lift the leg straight in the air. Draw several imaginary circles in the air with raised leg. This pilates-style move will help you to feel the burn and is optimal at developing the shapely thighs you desire. For an advanced toning trick, try spelling your name out in the air with your leg several times. Repeat the same exact workout on the opposite leg.
Remain lying down on the floor and roll over on one side. Keep one leg straight on the floor, raise the other about 30 degrees from the floor directly above the straight leg. Make a combination move that consists of making six to eight small circles without lowering the leg and immediately finish with six to eight leg lifts. This tough combination will tone your glute muscles and tone your upper inner thighs, the jiggly culprit area.
Finish your workout with a few sets of lunges. Stand with your feet shoulder-width a part and lunge forward with your left leg, lowering your right leg down in a 90-degree angle. Keep your knees behind your toes to avoid injury. For a cardio and toning challenge, switch your leg with each lunge, giving you a greater workout as you go. For a moderate version, use the same leg to lunge forward and pulse up and down before switching.
Tips & Warnings
- Consult your physician before any physical fitness regimen.