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How to Tone Your Thighs

Get ready for shorts season with these easy exercises (that work!).

Have you ever noticed that people with great legs generally have fit upper bodies as well? This is because there are tons of muscles in your legs, and these muscles require energy to sustain themselves. Translation: The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn (and the easier it is to maintain a healthy weight). And as if that weren’t enough reason to trim and tone your thighs, it’s also shorts season. Here’s how to get started—and feel the burn.

1.) Get going with jumping jacks. That's right, we’re going old school. The best part is that you can do jumping jacks anywhere—even in front of the TV. So try this: Every time a commercial comes on during your favorite show, get up and start jumping. Not only will it increase your calorie burn, but you’ll also be working your upper leg muscles.

2.) Do lunges during the day. How? Start by performing walking lunges when walking from your car to your door. To do these properly, put your hands on your hips, take a step with your right leg, squat down so that your knees line up with your hips (make sure your ankles don’t extend beyond your ankles), and slowly rise. Then switch to your other leg (the same way you would when walking normally). No matter what, don’t let your knees touch the ground and never spring up!

3.) Break a sweat jump roping. This exercise tones your legs and gives you a great cardio workout. As you jump keep your feet only an inch or two of the ground to reduce impact (you’ll still get the toning benefits of the workout this way). Do this for 10 minutes a day to see results.

Expert: Robert Green, a celebrity trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise, is the CEO and President of Body Factory LLC.

-- The Nest Editors

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