For you to acquire great lean and slim legs you must go beyond a few simple leg exercises and instead adopt a routine to achieve a combination of fat loss and improved muscularity and flexibility of your legs. If you want slim legs, make sure that you have read how to lose stubborn fat first. Also, learn about how to slim calves here.
Generally, women’s legs and thighs start to get skinny around a body fat percentage of 18%. For your thighs (especially your inner thighs) to become leaner, thinner and tighter and cellulite free, your overall body fat must be reduced through a combination of proper nutrition, exercise and consistency. Your nutritional plan must include frequent healthy meals and snacks to control blood sugar levels (5 small meals a day) and a slight calorie deficit. How much you are able to slim down your legs will depend on your body type, i.e. whether you are an endomorph, mesomorph or ectomorph.
Honestly? For women to get to the point where their legs/ thighs are slim and tight, with no cellulite, they must put in perspiration and persistence. No one can do it for you. A great body does not come easily to anyone, not even those who seem to have it all and make it look easy. It isn’t. The hardest part perhaps is focus. There will be times when you get bored and times when you feel like giving up, because the results you were expecting are not forthcoming. This is a test of your determination; of how badly you want it; of staying the course and of keeping your eyes on your goal or of giving up. The choice is yours.
HOW TO GET SLIM LEGS & THIGHS
1. DIET FOR SLIM LEGS & THIGHS
2. CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE FOR SLIM LEGS & THIGHS
Try doing 5 days per week of cardiovascular exercise. Your exercise routine should include 30 to 45 minutes of aerobic exercise (moderate intensity) and interval training, which you can do on alternate days. HIIT (high intensity interval training) is incredibly effective at getting rid stubborn fat. If you can, add some circuit training into the mix. This will strip the fat off your legs and develop shapely muscle for fantastic definition. If you feel you have overly muscular legs, avoid interval training and stick to long duration cardio instead. This will strip fat and even decrease the size of your leg muscle a little (read more about slim down leg muscle here) to develop leaner, smaller legs. However, most women need to increase leg muscle to increase the shape and firmness of the thighs and get rid of cellulite. Generally only mesomorphic women have no need to increase leg muscle, as they tend to already have muscular legs and any increase may cause bulky leg muscles.
Try choosing exercises that directly use your legs, i.e. power walking, jogging, in-line skating, step machine, aerobic or spinning classes. The benefit is that you are burning fat, as well as developing your leg muscles. As your body fat drops and you develop tight muscles in your legs, you will start to notice a leaner look. If you are already doing cardio that directly uses your leg muscles, increase the difficulty and definitely add interval training to your workout.
If you enjoy using the elliptical trainer to burn fat, make sure you are using the elliptical trainer correctly to avoid building large thigh muscles. You should sit back in your heels a little and stick your butt out as much as you can. This posture ensures that you target your butt, outer thigh and hamstring muscles, instead of your quadriceps. This will avoid building very large muscular thighs, as many inadvertently do on the elliptical machine (check out how to get skinny thighs).
A great program that is geared towards slimming down and looking fit, toned and defined, without looking bulky or overly muscular is Visual Impact. There’s a program for men (Visual Impact for Men) and a different one for women. Visual Impact for Women is for women who want to be slim and shapely. This program aims to increase muscle tone, while reducing inches. If despite exercising you haven’t been losing inches, you bulk up when you exercise, you feel you look more masculine or you have mesomorphic characteristics this program is definitely worth checking out. It tackles the issue of wanting to get fit and lean without getting big or bulky head on and is focused on reducing inches and getting a feminine physique - that means a body that is firm but soft, lean but shapely. A woman’s body is a complicated thing, it’s full of contradictions. Thus, if you gain mass easily, you really need to look for a program that examines the issue AND is specifically written for women. If you feel you are already overly muscular, Visual Impact for Women (check out the table of contents) also offers solutions on how to reduce muscle mass.
Here’s a description from one of the chapters (Introduction: Finally Someone is Listening!) of Visual Impact for Women:
“Nobody seems to be listening to what the majority of women want. More women would rather look good in a bikini…than look like muscular fitness models. I GET this…yet most of the people in the fitness industry simply aren’t listening.”
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