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Top 5 Exercises to Make Thighs Thinner

written by: Stephanie Michael • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 7/29/2010

Fitness has become a top priority for most of us and it seems we are all just trying to live a little healthier. Diet and exercise are super important to getting great results, and these exercises to make thighs thinner are sure to become some of your favorites.

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    Each muscle group is different, and knowing which exercises to use to target your thigh muscles will help you tone your inner and outer thighs and get your lower body into shape. That being said, it is impossible to target one specific body area without working on your entire body. Make sure you are eating right and getting at least thirty minutes of cardio four times a week. Alternate muscle groups each workout and soon you’ll see an overall toning of your body.

    If you pay special care and attention to your problem areas, you will be able to see more dramatic results. Here are the top five exercises to make your thighs thinner.

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    Squats

    As much as we dread doing squats, they remain the number one best exercise for slimming and toning your thighs. As a matter of fact, the squat is a great all over lower body exercise.

    Start by standing straight with legs shoulder width apart. Sit back like there’s an imaginary chair, being careful not to let your knees go over your toes. This is really important, because when you let your knee pass your toe you are putting extra strain on your knee joint and risking serious injury. Try your hardest to create a ninety degree angle with your knee joint.

    Start with 3 sets of 10 and gradually build up. To make it a little more difficult, try standing with your feet together or your feet farther than shoulder length apart. Make sure to squeeze your butt at the top of each repetition; this will get you the best results.

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    Lunges

    After squats, the next best exercise for your thighs is the lunge. Similarly, you want to make sure not to over extend your knee past your toes. For the lunge, you want to step back with one foot making your leg mostly straight and then sink straight down making a ninety degree angle with your stationary knee.

    Start with 10 repetitions on each leg, doing at least two sets and working your way up. Again, make sure to squeeze your butt at the top of each repetition.

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    Please continue to page two for more thigh toning exercises...

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    Even More Exercises to Make Thighs ThinnerLunges and leg lifts are just a few of the other great exercises to make your thighs thinner.
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    Leg Adduction

    This exercise is great for toning your thighs and working on your balance. You begin by standing with all your weight on your right leg with your knee slightly bent. In a smooth, sweeping motion, bring your left leg in front of your right, making an x with your calves. Slowly bring it back to the start position.

    Repeat this 10 times on each side for 3 sets. If you need help balancing, use a chair to help steady yourself. As this exercise becomes less challenging, try sweeping it out to the side and away from your body and slowly make your way back to the x-shape. The slower you go, and the more control you have on your muscles, the more impact this exercise will have for you.

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    Walking or Running

    Not only is running a great cardiovascular activity that helps you lose weight all over your body it is also a great way to tone your butt, thighs, and legs. You don’t have to run fast, you can get away with power walking or with running slowly for longer periods of time. How regularly you exercise is very important to toning your thighs, so make sure to get in some kind of cardiovascular exercise at least four times a week. (for about thirty minutes at a time)

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    Side Leg Lifts

    Lie on your side with your top leg bent and your foot resting on the floor. Point the toe on the bottom leg and raise straight up in the air. This motion is about control, not how high you can raise your leg. Try bringing your foot at least six to eight inches off the floor but don’t be discouraged if you can’t do that the first time.

    Do this fifteen times on each side for two sets. When this becomes less challenging try lifting your leg straight up and then bending it at the knee, making a ninety degree angle. Then straighten it out again and set your leg back down again. Do this ten times on each side for two sets.