Most people, especially women, consider shaping their thighs as the main fitness goal. It can be attributed to the fact, that well shaped lower body is considered to be an attractive feminine trait. To get well toned thighs, you do not necessarily opt for fancy gym workouts. There are certain thigh exercises that you can easily perform at home and with a regular workout, you will be able to tone your thighs. Well, you will require little or no exercise equipment for these exercises.
To shed cellulite around the thighs and hips, it is important that cardiovascular exercises are also made a part of the routine. Do not forget that a healthy diet is also a very important part along with proper exercise. It is also important to know how much exercise is required and suitable for you body. Ideally you start off with 1 set of 12 to 15 counts and then gradually increase the number of sets up to 3. Some people also choose to increase the number of counts to 18 or 20. You will have to decide, what suits your condition better. Let us take a look at some of the easy thigh exercises, that can be done at home.
Thigh Exercises to do at Home
This is one of the upper thigh exercises, which is very easy to do. Stand with your back pressed against a smooth wall. Place your feet a little away from the wall and maintain shoulder-width distance between your feet, but pigeon toe your feet. Distribute your body weight equally on both the feet and lean your back against the wall. Inhale and slowly lower your body, as you slide down the wall, till your knees are bent at 90 degrees angle. Hold the position for a few seconds, exhale as you slowly come back to the starting position.
To exercise the front part of the thighs, this exercise is very useful. If you want to make this leg exercise a little more rigorous, you can hold some weight in your hand. The normal weights that are easily available, are cans or bottles. You can fill the cans or bottles either with water or sand. To do the lunges, stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart. Now place your right leg in front of you, keep your back straight and lower your torso till the knee of the leg behind is about to touch the floor. If you notice that the knee of the leg in front is going past the toes, exhale and shift your weight backwards. Hold the position for a few seconds and slowly come back to the starting position and repeat the exercise.
Inner Thigh Kicks
This is a simple, yet one of the effective inner thigh exercises for women. To do this exercise, lie on floor on one side. Use your hand to support your neck. Now bend the top leg and place it in front of the knee of the other leg. Then flex the ankle of the bottom foot and pulse the leg upwards, as though you are about to kick a soccer ball. Do at least 50 to 60 pulses for each leg.
Inner Thigh Squats
This is another inner thigh exercise, which can easily be done at home. Stand with your one foot on a step higher than the other foot. Duck toe out both the feet and gradually lower your torso into a squat, so that both the knees are bent at a 90 degree angle and are facing in the opposite direction. Hold in the position for a couple of seconds and then slowly come back to the starting position and repeat the exercise. Do not forget to interchange the legs as well.
This is my favorite outer thigh exercise. To do this exercise, lie on one side on a mat and support your head with an outstretched arm. Bend the arm on top at the elbow and place it on the floor in front of your chest. Make sure, you align top hip directly over the bottom hip. Bend the knee of the bottom slightly. Lift the foot above the floor and slowly rotate the leg to make a big circle. Make circles clockwise as well as anti-clockwise with both the legs.
After you finish the thigh exercises, do not forget to stretch the legs slowly. Stretching will help them relieve accumulated tension, because of the exercise. Practice these regularly, and consult a health expert in case of any pain or discomfort during exercise.