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Tone Your Thighs in 10 Days

One popular misconception is that you can replace fat with muscle. By the time we reach adulthood, we have a finite number of fat cells and muscle fibres. The only thing we can do is try to influence their size. Reduce your body fat and all of your fat cells will be smaller, including the ones located in your inner thigh area. When you build muscle, you increase the size of the muscle fibres you already have, but you don't add new cells.

Leg extensions, leg curls, leg presses, and the abductor/adductor machine (for the inner and outer thighs) are great. If no equipment is available, squats and lunges, performed while holding light dumbbells in your hands, will also give your legs a great workout. The wider you position your feet while doing squats or using the leg press, the more you'll use your inner thigh muscles.

Walking, cycling, rollerblading, and using a stepper are all ways to get your aerobic exercise done and give your leg muscles a great workout.

The key to nice legs is minimising fat and increasing muscle definition so you don't get wiggles and jiggles when you walk. Although proper nutrition, rest, and regular exercise are crucial to losing fat all over the body, the best way to whip your legs into shape is through resistance training, cross-training, or combining various workouts. One reason Madonna is so toned is because she's done a combination of running, ashtanga yoga, Pilates and weight training over the years. ‘This means she's in tune with her body, knows how to isolate specific muscle groups and works them effectively during each of her different workouts.'

By combining yoga and pilates with three days of conventional weight training a week, your legs will become more toned and slim. You can also substitute cardiovascular exercise for weight training, but the former will have a more profound effect on sculpting your legs. As with all forms of exercise, consult your GP if you haven't done these workouts before.

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