We all have parts of our body that we like more than others, which means that we also all have parts of our body that we wish we could improve. When it comes to building biceps, for instance, the route to take is relatively obvious. You just have to learn the types of exercises that work the biceps and then use them appropriately.
However, when it comes to how to shape the thighs, the strategy isn’t necessarily as obvious. The reason is that most of us want to do two things. The first is to slim the area down, reducing the layer of fat around the upper leg. The second is to improve the overall shape of the area by giving it a more fit and toned appearance.
Accomplishing this may seem as obvious as building biceps, but it’s not. The problem is that there is no supplement, food or exercise that will cause you to burn away fat in one specific part of your body. Spot workouts don’t work for taking fat away. So if you do every leg workout you can find, you may be improving the muscle, but you won’t necessarily be burning the fat. Any fat burning you accomplish will come off your body as a whole, not specifically your legs, even if that is the only area you’re working out.
That said, if you’re going to burn away the excess fat to shape the thighs then you do need to work on fat burning as a whole. It will eventually get to your thighs just as it will eventually get to every part of your body. As you work on burning off the excess fat, you can simultaneously ensure that you are creating the best possible result underneath, so that when you do lose the weight, the shape of the leg underneath will be exactly what you want it to be.
Use these tips to help to shape the thighs:
• Use hills to your advantage – if you exercise outside, run, walk, or bike in hilly areas so that you’ll be heading up and down all the time instead of along a flat surface. This will access muscles differently and will even increase your heart rate so you’ll burn more calories. It will tone your thighs but also your glutes, your hamstrings and your lower body as a whole. If you work out on a treadmill, use one with an incline feature. If neither of those options are available, just use stairs.
• Eat at least three meals per day – don’t skip meals. You’ll not only improve the results of your workouts by giving fuel to your muscles, but you’ll also keep your metabolism revved up for improved fat burning.
• Watch what you eat – focus on eating nutritionally dense foods. Lots of lean protein, supported by fruits, veggies and whole grains.