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Pilates Exercises to Get Rid of Thigh Fat

Thigh fat is annoying and can be detrimental to your self-esteem. You've probably tried spot reducing and have discovered that it doesn't work. However, you can work on your thighs with an exercise like Pilates, as long as you also spend at least five to seven days a week, for at least 150 to 300 minutes, exercising aerobically at a moderate intensity to reduce fat overall.

Leg Kick

Start by lying on your side. Your legs should be straight, and you want to prop yourself up on your elbow, aligning it with your shoulder. Lift your top leg into the air; point the toe toward the ceiling and release. Perform the leg kick three times before you move to the other side.

Leg Circle

Lie sideways on the floor. Use your elbow to prop up the upper half of the body. Lift your top leg off the bottom one, with toes pointing forward. Move the top leg in a circular motion clockwise, then switch directions. Repeat with both legs 10 times.

Double Leg Lift

Lie flat on your back. Bring your knees into the chest and then extend them out. Once the legs are extended, slowly lower them toward the ground, while tightening the thighs. It is important to only hover the legs above the ground during the double leg lift. Repeat about five times and return the legs to the chest.

Crossover Side Leg Lift

Begin with the right side of your body on the floor and knees at the chest. Bend your left leg and place the foot on the ground in front of you; the right leg should remain straight beneath you. Exhale and lift the right leg off the ground. Do 10 repetitions before changing sides.

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About the Author

Based in Boulder City, Nev., Tara Thackeray began writing in 2008 for a national law review website. Her work has been published on the BARBRI website and she also contributes humorous articles on her blog. Thackeray holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Arizona State University.

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