Getting a kick out of exercise: a surefire way to slim your thighs

Fitness Q & A

Health & Fitness

October 31, 2004|By Gailor Large | By Gailor Large,Special to the Sun

I love the machines at the gym that work my inner and outer thighs, but I can't seem to get a good thigh workout on my own. How can I work them at home?

To tighten the inner and outer thighs in the privacy of your own home, try this surefire leg-slimming move. Stand with one foot off the ground a few inches in front of you. Leading slightly with your heel, keep your leg straight and sweep your leg diagonally forward (as if you were kicking a soccer ball). The kick should be smooth and controlled, not jerky. Do not lock your knees. Repeat this move 15 times, then switch legs. You should feel it in both your inner and outer thighs.

Squats, leg lifts, hiking, jogging and lateral-movement sports are also great thigh-toners.

I promised myself I'd start jogging for 30 minutes every morning before work. Monday I did it, but Tuesday I got bored and quit after 15 minutes. How can I discipline myself to stick with it?

Toss the running shoes, at least for now.

While even the most elite runners don't feel like training sometimes, if you have to force yourself each and every morning, it isn't worth it.

Exercise should be fun, so if you don't love running, find something you do love. Miss playing soccer as a kid? Organize a weekly soccer game with friends. Love Oscar De La Hoya? Enroll in a boxing class.

If you don't love what you do to stay fit, you'll find an excuse not to do it.

You don't have to cut out running altogether. Just save it for days that you don't have other workouts planned. On the days you do run, bring a buddy or your MP3 player along to keep you motivated.

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