Fitness hack: 5 moves to hone pear-shaped thighs
Curvy pear shapes are common among us Brits. If your thighs are your problem area try these five simple moves.
For each exercise, perform one set (beginner: 2 x 8 reps each move; intermediate: 3 x 10 reps each move; advanced: 4 x 10 reps each move), then take 20-30 seconds rest and move on to the next exercise.
Stand feet shoulder-width apart. Step left foot back into a squat, right thigh parallel to the floor, body kept erect; hold for a second. Push through left leg back to standing. Repeat on right foot.
2. Plié squats
Stand feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, toes and knees pointing out. Hold a dumbbell in both hands, arms hanging straight down in front of you. Squat down slowly, thighs parallel to the floor, back straight. Return to starting position.
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Stand up straight in front of a low bench or step. Step up with one leg then the other. Return to starting position. Repeat for reps with the right leg leading, then the left leg leading.
4. Leg lift
Lie on right side; extend left leg forwards to a 45 degree angle with right leg, toes touching the floor. Lift left leg off the floor until level with hips, then back down. Do reps then change sides.
5. Split squat
Step left foot forward, right foot back, heel off floor. Bend left knee 90 degrees; push up through left heel back to start position. Do reps; switch legs. Add weights for a tougher workout. Goodbye, problem thighs!