During Menopause, just as your skin loses collagen and elastin in your arms and other parts of your body, the same happens with your thighs, they become flabby.
Thighs can look flabby due to excess fat, weight and lack of muscle tone. Flabby thighs can make exercise difficult as well as clothing to fit properly.
Although there are no associated health risks with thigh fat as with menopause abdominal fat, it can leave you feeling self-conscious and not wanting to wear clothing that reveals your legs.
As you approach midlife your skin loses elastin and collagen, the connective tissue that holds everything together, which is needed to keep your skin flexible, supple and smooth. Your skin may wrinkle and sag due to the decline in collagen. A poor diet which consists of foods high in sugar and fat is also often to blame.
How Can I Tighten My Flabby Thighs?
You’ve got legs, but do you know how to use them? For great gams, the secret lies here:
The thigh and buttocks are fat collection areas. The inner thighs are a troublesome spot. The quadriceps, hamstrings, the outer abductors and inner abductors usually get little use unless you play sports. Therefore, they lose their tone and become flabby. Cutting back on sugary foods and poor nutritional snacks will help shed excess fat. Simple exercises that target the inner thighs as well as the surrounding muscles will help firm these muscles for toned, sleek legs.
4 Exercises to Help Rid of the Flab
1. Cardio-helps to lose flabby thighs as well as fat. You must burn calories through cardio exercise. Most cardio exercises tone your lower body muscles while burning fat. Good exercises include: running, bicycling, and jumping rope.
2. Squats-any version of squats will tone your thighs. Pile squats- work all of you major muscles and amp up your calories burning power. Wall squats-(probably the easiest) are an isometric exercise that works your quadriceps and hamstrings
3. Lunges-are very effective at firming your thighs. Lateral lunges especially firm your outer thigh.
4. Leg Extensions-our thigh muscle contracts when you straighten your leg.
8 Ways to Go From Flabby to Tone Thighs
1. Engage in Cardio exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day 3-5 days a week
2. Increase aerobic activity with simple lifestyle changes that include taking the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the far end of the parking lot, walk or bike to nearby stores or your friends and families home.
3. Eat healthy foods that fuel your body for exercise such as fresh vegetable and fruits, lean protein sources and low-fat dairy. Choose whole-grain products that are fiber-rich. Avoid refined white flour and refrain from sugary, processed foods and overeating.
4. Do lunges to give your legs a thinner, more toned look. Increase the number of repetitions as you become stronger. Add the challenge of a 5-8 lb. dumbbell in each hand as your strength increases.
5. Tone your inner and outer thighs as well as the back of your thighs and buttocks with squats. Increase the number of repetitions as you become stronger and add dumbbells with small weight increments, slowly. Try using a resistance band around your ankles for an increased challenge.
6. Pair with a friend, an accountability partner.
7. Shop weekly. Cook ahead of time and have your food prepared. It saves time!
8. *Most Important*–Set a schedule and STICK TO IT! Have fun!
You can go from having flabby thighs to tight tone thighs but correcting the problem takes time as well as effort—-Do cardio exercise, keep a healthy diet and tone muscles with strength training exercises.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a healthy diet and good exercise habits is the key to successful weight loss that will help you slim and tone your thighs and legs.
Did you know you burn the most calories when you exercise your legs?
Why? Because they’re “HOME” to your body’s biggest muscle groups, so it takes more energy to move them.
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