I am on a mission. A mission to have leaner, thinner thighs with some great leg workouts. Thick thighs have always been my problem area. Some have a large stomach, I have thick thighs. I have tried not working my legs too much to keep from too much muscle building, but that hasn’t worked to have thinner thighs.
Building too much muscle has been a fear of mine for the last few months since I started working out for the first time in my life. Always having thick thighs instead of the cute skinny legs with slim thighs were never my natural build.
However, I am at a point where I am going to trust the process for a little while since all of this is so new to me. This is my plan to reduce fat and tone thigh muscles for a slimmer look.
Now, I am all about leg workouts to go back to what I have seen is true —
Mo’ muscle = a leaner, younger looking body
What does 100% commitment look like for me? Personally, I am happy burning 700+ calories a day (5-6 days a week) over and beyond my normal leisure calories. To burn that many calories, I have to be able to get up and get moving with a couple of different activities 4-5 times a week.
My routine changes with weather and interests because I like to enjoy my daily workouts and activities. The weather is warming up here in St George, so getting outside for various activities is a little easier.
Currently, this is my routine. I find it much easier to get everything (or almost everything some days) fit into my day if I have a schedule and routine.
6:00am Wake up, put workout clothes on, make breakfast for kids, get the kids off to school
8:00am Get the dogs out of their room, feed and take care of them for a few min
8:30am Weight lifting workout – I use BowTech SelectTech compact weights
9:15am Running on the treadmill – 1- 1 1/2 miles as a HIIT
10:00am Breakfast – protein shake, sometimes also yogurt, granola, chia seeds & fruit
I work on my blog for a few hours and do a few things around the house.
12:00 lunch – varies greatly. Today I am having a spinach, tomato and egg burrito, cucumbers on the side.
1-2:00pm Go to the barn to groom and ride my horse
4:00 snack – a Kind bar if I’m at the barn, maybe an apple with natural peanut butter, a few almonds, a protein shake since I usually burn about 400-500 calories at the barn
After that, it is mom-taxi, mom-cook, mom-shop, mom-clean time.
That is an optimal day. As I said before, food and exact workout varies depending on other things going on.
6:00 pm dinner – tonight will be fish, sweet potatoes (me only, no one else will eat it), broccoli & salad
I try to stay out of the kitchen after dinner. If I do get hungry before bed – I have a small orange or banana.
Thinner Thighs Workout Plan
Nutrition – Always, every day, every meal & snack
We can workout for 5 hours a day and not get the results we want if our nutrition is poor. What does good nutrition look like? Think lean protein, superfoods, healthy fats, vegetables, whole grains and a whole lotta water.
Make a plan for what you are going to work into your daily diet (not diet like temporary eating change – that word is a no-no) so that you will already know what you are having for lunch before you walk into the kitchen starving and grabbing anything that looks good.
Cardio – 3-4 days weekly
Since I am concentrating on having thinner thighs, there are a few components of my workouts I incorporate. As you know from many of my posts, I have not been a big fan of running in the past. Well, I just happen to be in a running mood lately.
Maybe it is the WHY that I keep in mind that I have been more dedicated and enjoyed running lately. I also time it so that I watch a show on netflix during my run, so that helps to keep me motivated since I have very little time to watch any other time. I also keep in mind it is 15 min or less of my day…how can I say no to that? But more than that, I feel so accomplished afterwards! Couple that with my new Lululemon pants that make me feel leaner, I actually enjoy running!
Added benefit of cardio — you can turn it into a HIIT workout that will work all day burning calories for you!
Picking up another cardio workout is great for your heart and fat burning also. There are so many fun things to do for an increased heart rate. My activity is riding my horse. Even working around the barn, grooming my horse increasing my heart rate for some added cardio benefits.
Strength training 3-4 days
Muscles are our friends. They are working as hard as we are to burn that fat from our bodies. We want muscles. As women over 40, we will not bulk up like the men do. It’s not in our hormones to do that. We will get lean and strong which will create a younger feeling you!
Depending on your current fitness level, there are different ways to incorporate strength training into your exercise program. There are several tools other than weight machines or standard weights to build muscle.
If you are just starting out, a well-planned body weight routine will help tone muscles to get you started losing weight and rev up metabolism. Once you feel stronger, continue to challenge yourself with different workouts.
Exercise bands can be a great way to start if you aren’t ready to invest in a set of weights or a weight machine. The bands are economical, easy to learn to use and can be used in a small space.
With some hard work women over 40 can have the thinner thighs desired. Be diligent in nutrition and workouts and you will see the results!
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Here are some of my best leg workouts to tone muscles and get into great shape!