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Cardio That Blasts Thigh Fat

author image Bethany Kochan
Bethany Kochan began writing professionally in 2010. She has worked in fitness as a group instructor, personal trainer and fitness specialist since 1998. Kochan graduated in 2000 from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, Medical Exercise Specialist and certified YogaFit instructor.
Cardio That Blasts Thigh Fat
Indoor cycling classes can help blast thigh fat.

Body fat can settle anywhere on your body, and nobody wants to have it covering their thighs. Resistance training will shape and tone the leg muscles, as well as raise your metabolism. But cardio done on a regular basis is what will reduce your total body fat, and keep it in check. Choose challenging, high-intensity cardio to really blast thigh fat.

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Indoor Cycling

Indoor cycling will help you blast fat.
Indoor cycling will help you blast fat.

Not all cycling is created equal. But if you pedal hard and raise that heart rate, indoor cycling can burn a lot of calories. A 155-pound person can burn approximately 391 calories in 30 minutes of vigorous cycling, according to Harvard Health Publications. You need to burn an extra 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound of fat. Five 30-minute cycling workouts could help you lose a little over half a pound of fat each week.


Running is great for burning fat.
Running is great for burning fat.

Running is high-impact and may not be for everyone. But it is also great at burning fat off your body, while it also improves your health. In 30 minutes of running at 5 mph, a 155-pound person can burn about 298 calories. If that person runs a little faster at 6 mph, she can burn about 372 calories. The faster and harder you can run, the more fat you burn off your thighs.

Ellipticals and Stair Machines

Stair machines and ellipticals burn between 200-300 calories in 30 minutes.
Stair machines and ellipticals burn between 200-300 calories in 30 minutes.

The calories you burn on an elliptical or stair machine can vary based on the type you use. You will burn more calories on an elliptical that moves both the arms and legs because you are using more muscle groups to do the exercise. As for stair machines, use one that actually rotates stairs instead of one that just has you push pedals up and down. You can burn over 200 to 300 calories in 30 minutes if you use one of these two machines and work hard.

Make It a HIIT

HIIT will leave you gasping for breath.
HIIT will leave you gasping for breath.

You can turn any workout into cardio that blasts thigh fat. Just change it into a HIIT -- high-intensity interval training. HIIT training involves alternating challenging short bursts of exercise with lighter intervals of exercise. For example, maybe you can't run 30 minutes straight at 6 mph. So instead, run at 5 mph for two minutes, then kick up your speed to 6 mph and run for 30 seconds. Alternate these for the duration of your workout, and blast away fat.

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