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How to Get Slimmer Inner Thighs

author image Shannon Sukovaty
Based in Malibu, Calif., Shannon Sukovaty has been writing health-related articles since 1992. Her work has appeared in “Colorado Health” magazine, “Health and Fitness Journal” magazine and on various websites. Sukovaty is a certified personal trainer with undergraduate studies in exercise physiology and credentials from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the American College of Sports Medicine.
How to Get Slimmer Inner Thighs
Cardio and strength training will help you slim your inner thighs. Photo Credit bikini girl image by Galina Barskaya from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

It's often difficult to lose fat from your inner thighs, or adductor muscles. While exercises that target your inner thighs will strengthen and tone your muscles for a tighter appearance, they won't get rid of any extra fat. Since spot reduction isn't possible, according to the American Council on Exercise, you need to burn overall body fat to get slimmer inner thighs. Combine cardiovascular exercises with exercises that engage your inner thigh muscles.

Step 1

Do cardio exercises that engage your inner thighs. Cardio exercise burns fat for energy, and choosing cardio that emphasizes inner thigh adduction will help you tighten your inner thighs more quickly. Incorporate inline skating, ice skating and the slide into your fitness routine. These are excellent exercises to tone and tighten your inner thighs while burning overall body fat, with less stress on your joints than jogging or running, notes Northwestern Health Sciences University. Skating requires adductor engagement to push your body forward. The slide is a simulated skate movement in which you use a slippery mat and feet covers to slide from side to side. Health club facilities often offer slide classes, or you can buy the equipment for home use.

Step 2

Flutter and scissor kick in a pool. Swimming is an effective cardio fat-burning workout, and flutter and scissor kicks engage your entire lower body with emphasis on your inner thighs. Practice a simple 20-minute swim, alternating between flutter kicks and scissor kicks, to get tighter, leaner inner thighs. Keep your flutter kicks short and fast, with your legs staying no more than a few inches apart. Execute scissor kicks on your side stroke. Use a long, sweeping motion, with your legs staying close together.

Step 3

Plié every day. The plié is a dance exercise that engages your lower body with emphasis on your inner thighs. Pliés are simple, and doing them every day will tone your inner thighs quickly. To do a basic plié in second position, stand with your feet one foot past shoulder-width apart, and your posture upright. Extend your arms out to your sides for balance and engage your abdominal muscles by pulling your belly button into your back and slightly tilting your tailbone. Lift your heels off the floor and squeeze your butt. This will cause your heels to turn in slightly--this is your turnout position. Hold this position and lower your heels back to the floor. Slowly bend your knees and lower your torso straight down, tailbone center toward the floor. Raise up and squeeze your inner thigh muscles. Repeat this movement 20 to 25 times.

Step 4

Engage your inner thighs throughout the day. When you're sitting at your desk or watching TV, take five minutes and work your inner thighs. Sit upright with good posture. Place a water bottle or small pillow between your knees. Squeeze the bottle with your inner thighs and release. Repeat this movement 20 to 25 times for an easy way to tighten and tone your inner thighs.

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