The hips and thighs are usually a problem area for people trying to tone their body. This is where the majority of the stubborn fat your body does not need, is stored. This is especially the case for women. Our sex hormones affect fat distribution. Testosterone in men means they store their stubborn fat in their stomach area.
Estrogen directs fat to the hips, buttocks, and thighs of women. There is a biological advantage to this fat, however, as it is thought to play a role in lactation and fertility. Nevertheless, it is common to feel insecure about these areas, and want to tone down the fat. Unfortunately, it also more difficult to reduce the fat in these regions, than in the upper body. This is because your hips, thighs, and the rest of your lower body are already used to hard work from holding us up and moving us around. As a result, we need to challenge our lower body enough to make a noticeable change. This requires dedication, exercise, and a healthy diet.
To help you tone your thighs and hips, I have compiled a list of effective strategies to reduce fat in these areas, while toning them to look lean and firm. Targeted exercise and a healthy, nutritious diet are the best natural ways to tone down this extra fat. Small improvements in your lifestyle and environment, like your sleep hygiene, will also help you on your fitness journey. An improved emotional and mental health will make staying committed to your dietary changes and workout plan easier.
Exercising is the best way to tone down fat throughout your body. Specific cardiovascular exercises can help you target fat in your hips and thighs. By increasing your oxygen intake and heart rate, these exercises will burn the stubborn fat in your hip and thigh region.
There is a wide range of these exercises, so you have many to choose from. One very effective cardio activity for toning the hips and thighs is running. This is because running activates all of your quads, hamstrings, and gluteal muscles, especially when running on an incline. The best part about running is that it’s a cost-effective method of achieving your ideal body. Your only expense should be a pair of comfortable running shoes and a good training bra. Remember that starting at a slow pace and taking breaks when needed, will prevent injury. Gradually increase the distance or duration of your run every week to challenge your body.
If running isn’t for you, then consider cycling. Although you get to sit on your butt while cycling, it is actually one of the best methods for toning the area. Your muscles will have to work harder as you increase the resistance. You can do this by cycling up an incline. This will result in more toning of your hips and thighs. Cycling at least 30 minutes each day, five days every week, should be effective. If you are able to go to a gym, then try using the treadmill, elliptical trainer, or stationary bike. These basic machines can also be easily found at second-hand sports shops if you’re interested in exercising at home.