5 exercises that tone your thighs

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Dec 31, 2014 9:30:00 AM

thigh-toning exercisesWhen you’re trying to lose weight through diet and exercise, you’ll notice that spot reduction isn’t always possible, especially if you’re trying to lose weight in a specific area. While you may be exercising on a regular basis, it can be frustrating when you notice that the area you want targeted isn’t slimming down as quickly as other parts of your body. If you’re particularly heavy in your buttocks and thigh region, you might be stumped in regards to what to do next if you’ve already been walking, running, and doing other activities to slim down your legs.

Having slimmed, toned thighs can help your legs and butt look great in skirts and form-fitting jeans. If you’ve already lost a large amount of excess weight and simply want to tighten and tone your thighs, you can do so with various butt- and thigh-strengthening exercises. But if you’ve already been working on toning your thighs with no success, you can undergo thigh lift surgery to reshape your thighs and reduce excess skin and fat.

Here are five different exercises that can help tone your thighs, and even help maintain the shape of your thighs after having a thigh lift.

Side lunge

  1. Hold a five- to 10-pound free weight in your right hand, place both hands on your hips, and stand with your feet and knees together.

  2. Take a large step with your left foot to the left, and lunge toward the floor. Keep your right leg straight, and make sure that your left knee doesn’t extend past your toes.

  3. Push off on your left foot to return to the starting position.

  4. Do three sets of 10 lunges for each leg.

Chair pose

  1. Stand with your legs together, and slightly bend your knees.

  2. Reach your arms overhead, then touch your palms together while folding your chest toward your knees.

  3. Hold this position, drop your tailbone down, and do between 10 to 15 pulses while keeping your legs tightly squeezed together.

  4. Cross your right elbow over your left thigh, and hold the position for between five and 10 seconds.

  5. Rise back up to the center, then repeat on the other side.

Bridge with a squeeze

  1. Lie down on your back, bend your knees, and keep your feet hip width apart.

  2. Place a ball or pillow between your knees.

  3. Push your body up into a bridge, while keeping your ribs aligned with your pelvis.

  4. Slowly squeeze the ball or pillow 20 times, without raising or lowering your pelvis.

  5. Lower your pelvis, bring your knees back to your chest, and relax your back.

  6. Repeat two times, for a total of three sets.

Towel runs

  1. Fold two small towels into squares, and place them on a slick surface, such as a wood floor.

  2. Step on each towel with the balls of your feet.

  3. Place both hands on the ground, then drive your right leg back.

  4. Quickly switch your feet as if you are doing mountain climbers on the ground.

  5. Do eight reps for each leg.

Leg swings

  1. Stand with your feet together, and your arms out wide to either side of your body.

  2. Raise your left leg out to the side while balancing on your right foot.

  3. Swipe your left leg in front of your right leg, then swing your left leg back to the side.

  4. Do three sets of between 10 and 12 reps, and repeat with your right leg.

Do you have an excess of soft tissue along your inner or outer thigh areas? A thigh lift can offer a reduction in drooping or excess skin that does not respond to diet and exercise! Schedule a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery today, or call us at at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices or (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location.

Topics: Body Contouring, exercise

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