thighs that you can show off, thunder thighs may have been hot once but they are no longer sexy. If you want to flaunt slim thighs in your hot pants, it’s time you whittled away that excess fat. We tell you how.

Reality check

You believe you have fat thighs but do you have a lot of fat or more muscle? Try this simple test to find out. Straighten your leg and tighten your thigh muscles. Pinch the top layer of fat and skin of the thigh. If there’s a lot to pinch, there’s ample fat and you may also have cellulite. If you can barely get your hands around the layer, you have muscular thighs, less fat and – consequently – little cellulite. Women’s legs tend to slim at a body fat percentage of about 18 percent. Use a body fat calculator to determine your body fat percentage and aim at bringing it down.

The best exercises: 

The best thigh exercises for people with fat thighs are those that do more than firm and tone. Look for exercises that will strip fat from the thighs, making big thighs smaller. For slim thighs only come to those who burn their fat away. That said, there’s no one exercise or food that can help lose weight on the thighs. Work out your own combination and stick to it.

Try these three moves regularly to melt that stubborn thigh fat:

  1. Pump up the cardio:

    Heat-pumping cardio is an important component of any workout to torch fat. Choose a kind that burns the most calories, be it running, biking or jumping rope. Endurance running helps as it may decrease the size of thigh muscles and reduce fat around them. Aim for 60-minute sessions five times a week to notice a difference.
     Pump up the cardio

  2. Climb that mountain:

    Try and add a bit of incline to your daily workout. Notch up the treadmill’s incline, run up a hillside if you stay in the mountains or simply climb up the stairs to your home/office. Add a stair running workout to your weekly schedule. The instant increase in the heart rate makes you burn more calories than on a flat surface. The incline also targets the thighs, hamstrings and butt.
    Climb that mountain

  3. Try sculpting exercises: 

    With the cardio torching the extra layer of fat surrounding your lower body, it’s time to reveal strong and toned muscles. Make your legs look leaner by doing moves that sculpt your inner and outer thighs, hamstrings and butt. Try a variety of squats, lunges and curtseys to slim your thighs. You can also try yoga asanas to tone the thigh muscles.
    Try sculpting exercises

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Written by Roshini Gilbert

Roshini Gilbert

After a diligent workout plan helped her lose 30kg of post-pregnancy weight, chartered accountant Roshini Gilbert was inspired enough to go from tallying numbers to training others. A freelance personal trainer today, Roshini has been certified by the American Council on Exercises (ACE) for functional fitness and specialises in post-natal weight loss, exercises for low back pain, arthritis and osteoporosis. She also has REHAB Trainer certification from Australia for rehabilitative exercises and has trained with reputed sports physiotherapist Ulrik Larsen in corrective exercises and injury management. In HealthifyMe, Roshini has found a collaborator with a common cause – making people fit to live life to the fullest. Her assessment of how fit you are is based on three broad guidelines — stamina, body age (a person who looks way older than his age can’t be deemed healthy) and lifestyle (beware, those with bad eating habits and sedentary behaviour). Prepare yourself mentally first and then your body will follow, she says, of the opinion that if you want to change something about yourself then you need to challenge yourself to do it. Are you up for it?

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