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Exercise and Fitness

My THIGHS.

01/18/2006

Question:

I am in my late 20s and have always hated my thighs. I did sports in high school and worked out, but I always had large muscular thighs. I am not as active now, but thwy still bother me. I feel they are not in proportion to the rest of my body. I am only 5`1 and under a 100lbs, so I don`t want to lose weight, I just want slimmer thighs. I know there is now way to spot train, but I don`t want to do activities/workouts that will just increase the muscle and size. Is there anything I can do that will work best?

Answer:

A combination of weight training, aerobic exercise, and good eating habits is the best way to lose fat and tone the muscle.  A great exercise for the thighs are squats.  The repetition and weight you'll want is a weight that you can lift 10-12 times to muscular fatigue.  Weight with less than 10 reps is for building muscle, anything over 12 reps is for muscular endurance.  Hope this helps you out.

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Response by:

Carolyn   Nickol, RD, MEd Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
Director
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati