Monday, July 25, 2011

Look Good in Shorts and Bikinis: 3 Thigh Exercises You Can Do At Home

SSC Yoga with Eoin FinnI have to admit that I have slight complex about my thighs. In college I wanted bigger thighs, and now that I do have bigger thighs, I want them to be muscular. Don’t get me wrong, I do love and accept what my body looks like. This just gives me something to work towards, besides being healthy. So this next month I will be concentrating on thigh exercises for leg strength.

Many women retain fat in their thighs and I often hear my friends complaining about “cottage cheese thighs”. If this sounds like you, here are a few of my favorite exercises that you can do at home to give your thighs a good workout:

Wall Squat - Stand with your back against a wall. Slowly lower your body down like you’re going to sit in a chair and place your body weight in your thighs and feet. Hold this position for 30 seconds while taking deep breaths. Return to standing position.

Bodyweight Squat - Stand straight up. Squat down slowly while keeping your back straight. Stick your arms straight out in front of you for balance. Return to standing position.

Lunges - Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart while holding a 5 lb dumb bell in each hand. Keep your back straight as you step forward with one leg and lower your body down until the rear knee is almost to the floor. Return back to the standing position and repeat with the other leg. Repeat 10 times with each leg.

These exercises aren’t just great for the thighs, but they also help you maintain strong knees and ankles. We do so much walking in our lifetime, so it’s important to build your leg strength. Besides, that you’ll look great in those shorts or bikini!

What are your favorite thigh exercises?

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1 comment:

  1. Nice article. The clothing you wear to work out is just as important as bringing water with you. Clothing has many functions, and it is important to choose the right outfit for the activity you are performing and for the conditions you will be performing it in.

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