5 Exercises To Tone Your Thighs At Home
The best part about working out your thighs is that there are endless workouts that can help you reach your goal – you just need to find an exercise that you enjoy and that works for you.
Side Shuffle Switch
This fast-paced thigh exercise is an easy one to add to your list of home workouts! The side shuffle switch will get your heart rate up and will work your inner thigh muscles, making this leg toning workout a great way to include cardio into your day!
- Stand with your feet together and your arms by your side.
- Shuffle swiftly to your right by taking three fast steps to the side (right, left, right), and then lift your left knee up while swinging your right arm forward.
- Quickly reverse your shuffle (left, right, left), landing with your right knee up, left knee bent, while swinging your arm forward.
- Repeat 20 times in a row, alternating sides, moving as fast as you can.
Inner Thigh Raise
This low-impact exercise is amazing as it directly targets the inner thighs, and even though you get to lay down for this workout – this exercise requires a lot of focus and control.
- Lay down on your right side, and make sure your head, hips, and heels are in a straight line.
- Place your fingertips on the floor in front of you to stabilize the body if needed.
- Bend your left leg over your right so your left foot sits on the floor (your left leg can either be in front or behind your right leg). Engage your core and glutes.
- Keeping your bottom leg straight, raise your bottom leg up two inches and then lower back down two inches.
- Once you finish the reps, repeat on the other side
If you’re someone who likes the muscle pain after working out, then boy do I have a great workout for you! The pulsing squat doesn’t feel like much when you start off, but oh does it burn when you keep doing the reps. I find this squat more enjoyable than a normal squat as it feels like I’m doing very little when actually I am, in fact, doing quite a lot!
- Start by standing with your feet about shoulder-width apart.
- Lower your hips until your thighs are parallel to the ground and pulse 2-3 times.
- Squeeze glutes and push into your heels to bring yourself back to standing.
Side to Side Jumping Squat
Hooray for more squats! The side-to-side jumping squat is a great way to get in some cardio if you can’t make it to the gym or get out for a run, while also giving those thighs the deep workout they deserve.
- With your feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees and drive your hips back.
- Keep your chest up and your core tight.
- Remain in a squat stance as you forcefully push off the ground, jumping to the right side.
- Repeat, jumping to the other side.
If you are anything like me, reverse lunges might take you some practice to get used to, but once you do, these are an excellent way to tone your thighs and build strength, and balance in your lower body.
- Stand upright, with your hands at your hips.
- Take a large step backward with your left foot.
- Lower your hips so that your right thigh (front leg) becomes parallel to the floor with your right knee positioned directly over your ankle. Your left knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle and pointing toward the floor with your left heel lifted.
- Return to standing by pressing your right heel into the floor and bringing your left leg forward to complete one rep.
- Alternate legs, and step back with your right leg.