(Health Secrets) Want to get rid of thunder thighs? The average woman gains a little bit of weight each year, and can end up being overweight. In some unlucky women, this extra weight goes straight to the thighs. Just as she has no say about where her body stores fat, a woman also has little control about where in the body fat loss occurs. For example crunches do not affect belly fat and back extensions do not get rid of back fat. To combat thunder thighs, she must cut down on calories coming from processed carbohydrates, and engage in aerobic exercises. However, not all aerobic exercises are created equal. Here are some aerobic exercises that target firming of the inner thighs.
The breaststroke is a swimming technique that strengthens the chest, triceps, shoulders, hamstrings, and inner thighs. It burns 360 calories per hour, on average. Other strokes may burn more calories, but they are more tiring. Stick to the breaststroke to work thighs, or incorporate intervals of the breaststroke with swimming freestyle laps for a greater caloric burn.
Inline skating, or rollerblading, burns more calories than most aerobic activity, and firms all areas of the thighs. The average 160-pound person uses a whopping 913 calories in one hour of inline skating.
Sideways stair climbing
The stair climber machine at a gym is one of the most challenging and exhausting, which means it burns a lot of calories. However, regular stair climbing does not do much for the inner thighs.
Instead of climbing stairs straight, go sideways. Turn to the right and cross your right leg in front of your left as you climb. Do both sides. Hold onto the rails and do not go too fast for safety reasons. You can also put a treadmill at an incline and walk sideways for a similar effect.
If your thighs are not burning when you ski, you are doing something wrong. The quadriceps takes a lot of the stress during skiing, but the inner thighs work hard to keep you stable. The inner thighs also contract when you slow down and turn.
Playing tennis is fantastic cardio, and all the side-to-side shuffling targets your inner thighs in a way most sports do not. Most sports involve running forward or backward with only a side step here and there. Tennis does have some forward and backward movement, but most of the action is sideways. Even when you do rush forward, it is often at a diagonal that still works the inner thighs. Singles tennis is also a great way to burn calories.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers singles tennis a vigorous intensity workout, compared to doubles tennis which is a moderate intensity workout. Every minute of vigorous exercise counts for two minutes of moderate exercise. The CDC also recommends at least 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise or 150 minutes of moderate exercise.
After incorporating some of these activities into an exercise routine, fat should be shed and thighs toned up. It may take a while for the body to let go of the fat in the thighs though. Everything depends upon the genetic predisposition for fat storage, and the diet. But even if thigh fat is not lost right away, legs will quickly appear slimmer due to firmer muscles, and enhancement to overall physique will be noticed as fat is lost from the buttocks, belly or back.
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