How To Do Exercises to Tone Your Thighs

Lots of women hate their upper legs that they don’t even try and do any legs exercise. No need to hate thigh exercises because many of your major thigh muscles are actually easy to tone. So put on your working clothes and try our 5 best exercises that will tone your thighs.

Wall Squats

Lean your whole body against a wall with your feet 18 inches in front. Keep your knees hip-width apart and then slide down the wall. Stop sliding until you are in a chair like position. Hold the position for 30 seconds.


Lay on your back and bent your knees. Place a pillow or a ball between your knees. Push up into a bridge. Keep your ribs in a same line with your pelvis. Without raising your pelvis, squeeze your pillow 20 times. Lower your pelvis and bring your knees to your chest to relax your back.


Stand and place your hands on your hips, legs apart. Make a big step forward with your left leg until your left thigh is parallel to the floor. Let your right leg bend. Don’t lean forward. Push off the left leg, and get back into the starting position. Repeat this with your right leg.


Stand with your feet apart and your toes pointing out. Bring your arms straight in front of you and lower your body into a squat. Come back up and then repeat. Go as low as you can without allowing your knees move past your toes.

Single Leg Circle

Lie on your back with your arms by your sides. Point with your left foot, like reaching your toes toward the ceiling, and then rotate your leg outward. Do a circle on the ceiling with your left leg, moving your leg, but not moving your hip. Don’t lift your left hip. Repeat this 5 times and then do this exercise with your right leg.

Do squats

Squats are a great way to build lean muscle and tone your inner thighs. Keeping your feet shoulder width apart bend your knees to a 90 degree angle. You can do this up against a wall or not, and keep your shoulder blades and lower back pressed up against the wall. Stay in this position for one minute, take a 30-second break, and repeat. Do about ten reps a day.

Try squat jumps

Squat down, keeping your back as straight as possible and your eyes straight ahead. Touch the ground with your fingers. The lower you get the better, but don’t let your knees come in front of your feet. Now jump straight up, keeping your core centered beneath you. Do as many as you can, then take a one-minute break, then do three quarters of whatever number you just did. Do exercises like this three or four times a week if you can.

Try the curtsy lunge

Lunges are great for your thighs and target the muscles directly. Step one leg back behind and across your backside, bending the front leg 90 degrees to lower yourself closer to the floor. Keep as much weight as possible on the front leg. Return to an upright position with your feet side by side. Repeat. Do this exercise on both sides.

Use the leg press machine at the gym

You probably don’t have a leg press machine available at home, but you can usually find these at a gym. This machine is great for working on your thighs and butt. Sit in the chair and choose a comfortable weight. Starting with half your body weight isn’t too ambitious, and you can move the weight up if it feels too easy.

Go for a run

Running is good for your body and helps you stay fit. Running outside, such as on a trail or around the neighborhood, is great cardio and can help you achieve firmer and more muscular thighs. It will also help you shed fat which will make your thighs look even more toned. Running is good for your heart, your lungs, and even your brain.

Take a Zumba or kickboxing class at your local gym

The great thing about taking a class is that you have a lot of other people to support and push you. It’s much easier to stay diligent if you are working out with a lot of other people. Kick boxing is a great way to target your thighs, and you can even approach the instructor and tell him or her about your goal.

Go swimming

If you have access to a pool, then swimming is a great option. Trimming down in general is a great way to make your muscles look more toned. Sometimes this can work even better than just targeting a specific muscle group. The great thing about swimming is that you will work out your thighs and get your cardio workout at the same time.

Work out on the elliptical

If you go to the gym, spending about 60 to 90 minutes on the elliptical will help tone your thighs. The elliptical machine specifically targets your thighs even more than running does because of the motion of the machine.

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