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Q: What exercises can help slim and tone the outer thighs?
Personal trainer Harry Hanson of Hanson Fitness in New York suggests two simple exercises to tone your outer thighs that are easy enough to do during commercial breaks when you're watching TV. Do at least two times a week, or every day for better results.
1. Lie on your side with your legs straight and bring your top leg out in front making a 45-degree angle. Point your toes down to the ground, bringing your ankle a little higher. Lift the leg in a continuous up and down motion. Never rest your foot on the ground or this will give your muscle a chance to rest. Do as many as you can and then do a few more (you want to feel the muscle work). You should do as many lifts as you can for three sets. Repeat on the other side.
2. Get down on your hands and knees. Lift one leg out to the side keeping the knee bent (your knee and foot are parallel to each other). Lift the leg as high as you can and then return down. Never let your knee rest on the ground or you'll be letting the muscle rest. You should do this in slow, controlled movements. Do as many as you can (about 10-15) until you feel the muscle burn. Repeat three sets on both sides.
Both exercises will help tone, but to lose the fat, remember that you can't beat the great results you can get from doing cardio exercises and eating healthy.