How many times have you been promised that doing some “revolutionary” inner thigh exercises will result in thinner thighs? It’s a promise that so many women hope will be kept, yet is broken over and over and over again. Is it that the inner thigh exercises don’t work?

The truth is, there is no inner thigh exercise that, on its own, will give you thinner thighs. The key to having thinner thighs is not performing countless number of repetitions on the inner and outer thigh machines.

The key to thinner thighs is simply a matter of reducing your overall body fat.When you consume more calories than your body requires, you gain fat. You have no say where this fat gets stored. Everyone is genetically predisposed to store the bulk of their fat in certain areas.

Some store fat predominantly around the middle, while some store more fat around the hips, thighs and buttocks. Just as you have no say where the fat gets stored, you have no say where the fat comes off when you lose weight. So, for me to tell you that doing a certain set of inner thigh exercises will get rid of fat around your thighs is a lie and is just plain impossible.

Think about it for a moment. Let’s say that it was possible to “spot-reduce”. Now, let’s say you have what is called a pear-shaped body (heavy in hips, thighs and butt) and you perform some inner thigh exercises that do, in fact, get rid of the fat around your thighs.

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How funny would you look with absolutely no fat on your inner thighs, yet the rest of your body remains at the same body fat levels? It sounds silly, doesn’t it? The good news is it’s much easier than that to get rid of the fat around your thighs…and the rest of your body for that matter. Here’s how…

1. Set clear and inspiring goals

You must first know where you are going before you begin your journey. Set a goal with a specific end date such as…

“I am quickly and easily reaching my goal of comfortably wearing a size 8 by March 31st, 200X.”

Once you have decided on your goal, write down why reaching this goal is important to you. For example…

-“I’ll feel more confident in a bathing suit.”-“I’ll feel more attractive to my wife/husband.”-“I’ll have more energy to _______________.”

Having strong reasons for achieving your goals is what pulls you through the tough times.

2. Perform weight lifting exercises

I can’t stress enough the importance of weight lifting for women. Weight lifting is an excellent way to help reduce body fat. It uses a lot of calories, increases muscle and helps give you a firmer look.

A balanced program will work all the muscles of the body without taking up a great deal of time and can be done in your home with a simple set of dumbbells.

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3. Eat a “clean” diet

Eating a clean diet means you eat high quality proteins, carbs and fats at every meal and snack. If you need help to know how much you should be eating, check out this article.

One of the very best (and most ignored) methods of altering your eating habits is to keep a food journal. It raises your awareness of what is going in your mouth, it helps you pinpoint where your eating challenges are almost instantly. I highly recommend keeping a food journal.

4. Get your heart pumping with high intensity cardio

It used to be that “experts” felt the best way to lose fat was to spend hours doing cardio at a slow to moderate pace.

The challenge with slow, moderate cardio is it burns very few total calories. Even though a high percentage of those calories come from fat, few calories are burned.

By turning up the intensity on your cardio, you will burn more total calories which results in less body fat.

Pick an activity that you enjoy doing and do it 3-5 times a week for 30-40 minutes at a moderate to high intensity. Some excellent cardio exercises include…

  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • jumping rope
  • cross
  • country skiing

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There you have it…the TRUTH about inner thigh exercises. No matter how many times you see or hear it promised by a magazine, book or infomercial, there is no specific inner thigh exercises or piece of exercise equipment that will help reduce the fat around your inner thighs.

What does work is a balanced approach which includes…

  • Setting inspiring and specific goals
  • Eating a balanced diet of high quality protein, carbohydrates and fat
  • Performing weight lifting exercises and high intensity cardio exercises.

While there is no specific exercise that will reduce the fat around your thighs, there are some very good inner thigh exercises that will add muscle to your legs.

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