How to Sculpt Your Thighs
The upper thighs and inner thighs are very hard work if you want to get that perfect shape and those taut muscles. But for most of us, even though the rest of our body complies with the hard work we put in, our thighs tell a different story. Cellulite often finds a hiding place in those thighs and sculpting them is quite difficult, but not impossible. So what should you do if you want those perfect thighs? Here are some great tips!
Walk off your thighs – Walking is a wonderful exercise for over all good health and also helps with inflammation. But more importantly, walking helps fight and reduce cellulite visibility, much more than running. What walking does is, it directly makes your upper leg muscles work and the more brisk and strenuous your walk is, the more you are working that exact spot that you want to lose. Many people make the mistake of jogging a lot more than walking. While jogging will definitely help you lose over all weight, walking is more helpful if you are targeting upper thighs. A brisk walk for half an hour everyday should be worked into your routine.
Lower body workouts – Focus on your lower body when lifting weights. Do weighted squats and lunges with barbells or dumbbells. Squats and lunges are great for your upper thighs as your legs form a backbone for these exercises and so does your core, which improves your posture. A bad posture also results in the upper legs being disproportionately heavier.
Wide leg squats – Hold a dumbbell (3 to 5 kg) in front of you with your arm extended and spread your legs as wide as possible with toes pointing out. Now squat down as low as possible or until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Now come up still holding the weight and repeat. This workout is really great for your inner thighs.
Yoga - Many yoga asanas directly work your upper thigh muscles. The Chndrasana (the cresent lunge), suryanamaskars (sun salutations), the padangusthasana (big toe pose), baddha konasana (bound angle pose), Ardha Chandrasana (half moon pose) are but a few poses that stretch out your thigh muscles and open them out, thus working and toning them. Ask your yoga teacher to help you with poses that directly impact your upper thighs.
All the above-mentioned workouts are good for over all exercise and health and therefore will not take up valuable time. You could tie a weight to your leg and raise your leg up and down for hours every day but these workouts will probably be more effective as an overall fat loss plan needs to be employed for you to lose weight on problem areas.
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