I've been dieting for the past few weeks and everything is looking smaller EXCEPT THESE THUNDER THIGHS! What do you think is the best exercise for reducing them? Thanks!
I know all about those thunder thighs - it runs in my family! The only thing that worked for me were the Tracy Anderson Method DVDs. Hard work, but incredible results! Don't laugh, but my favorite DVD is the post pregnancy one (my daughter is now 21 years old).
Hey, better late than never! If you try it I am sure you will be amazed, too.
I walk to tone thighs or lunges.
I inherited my thunder thighs from my mom too, thanks Mom! Suffered with them through my early 50's while being slender everywhere else when I discovered Billy Blanks Tae Bo videos. Several years later when I had tired of doing Tae Bo every day, I joined a gym and fell in love with the eliptical machine. I need to get back into spending 45 mins on the eliptical at least 3X per week. I know lunges are good too but it took watching the fat and carbs and strenuous exercise for me to lose those thighs. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen over night. Find something you enjoy doing and stick with it. They may not go away completely but eventually there will be less and less jiggle. I truly believe you can work those saddle-bags off!
Have you tried jogging? I've found when I run, compared to other forms of aerobic activity, my legs slim down faster. Running is supposed to be one the best fat burners one can do.....if the knees can tolerate it, which is my problem.
A couple years ago, I was faithfully going to Curves 3+ times a week, in addition to DVD aerobics at home. Curves has an excellent work-out for the upper AND lower body. It really made a difference for me, but circumstances led me to having to stop. My thighs improved tremendously, as well as that dreaded upper arm area. Got down 2-3 sizes, depending on the cut of the garment. If that is an option, you might look into that. My sister just recently got an Email about Curves starting Zumba classes, and there was one free week for new members--seems like that might be taking effect now...No, I don't get any kickback or work for Curves...just believe in their system. While on the subject--hope there has been a discussion with your physician re: Calcium and Vitamin D supplements.
Squats and lunges do the trick for me
If you tend to have big thighs than you are probably always going to have big thighs. Yes, you might be able to "tone" to some small extent, but mostly, you will always have larger thighs. Spot reduction does not work, you can only build muscle (in specific areas) and lose fat (not in specific areas.) My advice...exercise in whatever way you enjoy, and learn to love your legs. They are sturdy and healthy looking and beaufitully functional. When you hold weight below the waist you tend to be healthier overall than people who hold weight in the middle. You certainly have a more grounded center of gravity. And "American thighs" are sexy! Think cheerleaders, gymnasts, swimmers, skaters. Embrace your youthful, vibrant, athletic look!
Running. Runnrs have great legs.
You can change your thighs if you want, you are not stuck with them......it will take work and you have to want it to make a change. Weight bearing exercises work!
I have always had larger thighs. I am a runner now. I have also done serious weight lifting, just about any kind of cardio class you can think of, yoga and pilates. I have been able to slightly shape my legs (with running, mostly), but they are basically the same and still the largest part of me. Genetically, I just tend to hold weight there, jsut as some people hold weigh around the middle. I love my legs just as they are. It may be difficult to fit pants, but my legs are strong and sturdy and I wouldn't change them. certainly not with hours and hours of "sculpting" exercises likely to be futile anyway. JMHO
One of the best workouts I have found for my thighs is Physique 57. This is really reshaping my whole body, but nothing more than my thighs.
You have to find what works for you. I know people who have gotten much bigger thighs from squats and lunges and others who got lots smaller. Same with high rep floorwork. Only you have your body. Find what works for you and do it consistently.
I was walking everyday for 2 years, I was amazed at how much better my thighs looked.
I stopped due to back surgery and they arent looking so great anymore but Im slowly building back up to my routine.
"One shoe can change your life"-Cinderella
Jazzercise! I am 60, started Jazzercise two years ago and look and feel better than I have in decades. And I even have to say my previously "thunder" thighs look great. Find a class locally you will be inspired, encouraged and you will find a new body there!
great tips...thanks so much