How to Get Skinnier Legs

Four Parts:Easy Exercises You Can Do AnywhereExercises For The GymEating A Healthy DietGeneral Tips

Do you want your legs to be skinnier? If so, here are some helpful ways to lose fat and attain skinnier legs. Sadly, spot reducing doesn't work, so overall weight loss is what you need. Here are a few ways to help build muscle as you lose.

Part 1
Easy Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

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    Walk daily. This is the simplest exercise for legs. Use a step counter. You should try to walk about 10,000 steps each day.
    • To make walking seem less tiring, try slipping on some flat shoes or sneakers when you get around. If you keep this up, you'll see results in a month.
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    Go running. Running will use more energy and in turn help burn fat. Try to do this at least three times per week.
    • When running, choose a route that is particularly flat. Up-hill running builds the quad and calf muscles; they are made for fighting the forces of gravity.
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    Use a stationary bike or go biking. Bike riding provide a shockingly high caloric burn of about 500-600 calories an hour, making it one of the best exercise for reducing body fat. Don't forget that your calves will get larger when you're biking on a high level, so take it slow and easy.
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    Do a simple floor exercise. Lay flat on your back with your legs on the floor. Put your arms out beside you on the floor. Bring your knee up to where the highest part of your profile is. Then, with your other leg, kick it as high as it will go. Return it to the floor. Do 60 of these kicks, then switch sides and do 60 more.
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    Try leg rolls. Lie on your right side and place your left arm on the floor in front of you for support and balance. With your left leg, raise it at hip level. Pretend your leg is in a barrel and with your toes, lead the rest of your leg to trace the inside of the barrel. Do 60 circles and then switch and do 60 more.
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    Try rebounding on a trampoline. Rebounding uses a lot of calories and you have fun at the same time. It also exercises your muscles leading to a more toned appearance.
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    Try Pilates. Pilates is an ideal exercise for building lean leg muscles. The stretching and core exercises burn fat in the most hated trouble areas and it is perfect for people who don't want to be on show while exercising. A mat, a DVD (or local class) and a bottle of water is all you need.

Part 2
Exercises For The Gym

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    Go swimming! Go to a public pool when it's not too crowded. If you are a newbie to swimming laps, start out small. As you get better, do more laps. Try to do this 1-2 times a week. Swimming helps you gain muscle and burn fat.
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    Use a stability ball. While lying on a mat or bed, place the ball in front of you. Place your legs on top of the ball, lift your hips up, and slowly roll the ball in towards your hips. Do this until you can no longer go anymore and make sure your hips don't fall to the floor.
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    Use an elliptical trainer without an incline. Using an incline can build calf muscle. Keep the resistance low.

Part 3
Eating A Healthy Diet

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    Eat more protein. Protein is filling and good for maintaining muscle tone. Make sure to include fish, chicken and turkey in your diet.
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    Add daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies provide you with dietary fiber, which can help reduce the amount of fat that your body stores.
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    Drink lots of water. You should be drinking 8-10 glasses per day. Water not only helps flush out accumulated toxins in your body, but also keeps your skin hydrated, smooth and glowing in summer.
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    Avoid high-fat and sugary foods. Foods like cookies, ice cream, cake, and chocolate are not only full of empty calories that don't provide you with energy, but will simply store themselves in your legs.
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    Avoid overly salty foods. These types of foods prevent your skin from remaining hydrated. Examples include peanuts and popcorn.

Part 4
General Tips

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    Don't expect to lose the weight from just your legs. The body converts fat into energy when it's exercising or low on food. Unfortunately, the body converts fat from wherever it wants, and not always where you want it to.
    • Spot-training, or working one area of your body at a time, has its advantages (toning) and disadvantages (frustration when fat doesn't magically disappear). Don't expect leg exercises to give you suddenly-skinny legs without seeing a reduction in your overall body fat levels.
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    Don't starve yourself. A lot of people who want to lose weight make this mistake. Their reasoning: Calories get stored as fat when the body doesn't use them; calories come from food; if I starve myself, I'll get fewer calories; if I get fewer calories, there will be less fat to store. This is a misconception.
    • What happens when a person starves him/herself? The body realizes it is getting less food, your metabolism slows down to save energy, and you start consuming lean tissue instead of fat reserves because the body wants to prepare itself for a while without food.
    • If you do manage to lose weight by starving yourself (you did it the hard, painful way!) your body will gain all the fat back as soon as you begin eating again, and you should eat again. Why is this? Because your metabolism is still hibernating, and it needs to be kick-started. How do you kickstart it? By eating the right types of foods in the first place.
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    Results will take time. A lot of people with really good intentions and strong discipline quit just before they start to see results. They work like crazy for a month, don't see any results, and throw their hands up in the air in despair. Slow and steady wins the race.
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    Accept yourself. Sometimes, it's just genetics. Sometimes, you're just born with it. Whatever exercise, diet, or fad you do won't help because that's the way you were born. Instead of fighting the world and running after a fool's errand, accept who you are and embrace it. It sounds cheesy, but you'll be happier in the end. Anybody who genuinely cares about you won't care one bit.


  • You can stretch while watching TV or when you're waiting for something.
  • Drink lots of water, water is very important if you do some exercise. Try drinking one or two cups every time you eat, and of course, when you work out.
  • While you exercise you are also losing stomach weight so while you want to get rid of leg fat it also helps with other problems on your body like belly fat.
  • Try stretching everyday to help make the muscles less bulky.
  • Dance!! It will keep you fit and also tone your legs.
  • Don't over work your body; take rests once in a while.
  • Use the stairs instead of elevators. It's a great way to work out a little more and takes none of your free time.
  • While advertisements are on, do a lot of walking around the room or walk up and down the stairs for at least 30 times.
  • Walking or running to the pool and then swimming a few laps will burn lots of calories.
  • And don't overdo it give it time and you will be in shape.
  • Do well and don't give up, ever! You can do it!
  • Don't be afraid to change your exercise from time to time by doing something new. Old routines can get stagnant and your body will fall into an exercise rut. At the same time, don't change your exercise so frequently because you find one difficult.
  • If you can't go to gym you can exercise at home.
  • Do a lot of squats!
  • Be patient, it takes time!
  • Be patient but if you can't get skinnier in 3 to 4 months you might be doing the wrong kind of exercises for your body even if it helps someone else chances are your body is different.
  • Take it easy on the dairy because it has lots of fat.
  • Go to a local swimming pool and swim a few laps.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Doing gymnastics might help.
  • Some people are born to store fat in their legs and arms while others are born to store fat at their stomach region. Sometimes you have to accept who you are.


  • There is no such thing as "spot reduction," meaning you can't target areas that you want to reduce fat in. However, you can tone and shape up your legs, which ultimately lead to their better appearance.
  • If you overwork yourself, you risk doing permanent injury to your body.

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