Slim legs are every woman’s dream which makes them look great in skirts, shorts and skin fit denims but generally thigh fat makes them look heavy. The upper thigh fat is the main trouble spot since it seems to be a tough area to tone down. However, with the following simple exercises that can be practiced at home, combined with good nutrition you can tone your upper legs and get leaner thighs for that perfect look of pencil legs.
1.Squats: This simple exercise is one of the best to get slimmer thighs. You need to stand straight with feet shoulder-width apart. Now, bend at the knees till your thighs are parallel to the floor and inhale and exhale for five seconds and then stand back up. Repeat this cycle 5-10 times depending on your stamina.
2.Lunges: This exercise makes your thigh muscles leaner and stronger. For this, you need to bring your right foot out and bend at the knee, till the knee is parallel to the floor. The left knee will also bend in alignment with the floor. Make sure that your torso is perpendicular to the floor and keep the weight on your heels instead of the toes. Continue this on one leg for 30 seconds and then push off the right foot, coming back to the starting position and repeat it for the other leg.
3.Cycling: This natural exercise is a complete workout for legs. There are many ways to do this exercise. Ride a bicycle to work or by riding a cycling in your gym. This effective exercise can also be done at home by practicing air cycling. Lie on your back on the floor, lifting both the legs and arms straight on the floor. Cycle for 4-5 minutes in the air. Release your legs, take a break and repeat it.
4.Side Plank with Outer Leg Lift: Lie on your right side and lift your upper body supported by your extended arm with palm on the floor. The left arm should be straight up. Keeping the right leg straight out, lift your left leg as high as you can and return to the floor. Repeat this cycle 5-10 times and do the same with the other side.
5.Butterfly Exercise: This exercise works best for toning your inner thighs. Sit on the floor with the back straight with the soles of your feet touching each other. Now, hold your feet and press them towards the ground. Move your legs as a butterfly flaps its wings. This will apply pressure on your inner thighs and helps in toning them. Repeat this for 30 times.