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How to Get Skinny Legs

By Brenda Barron ; Updated July 18, 2017

The process of toning your legs is fairly straightforward: Eat right, exercise and perform targeted leg-strengthening workouts. However, if your legs are your trouble spot when it comes to burning fat, all the hard work you put into toning your muscles won't be visible. Thankfully, you can eliminate the extra fat and get super skinny legs, though you've got to be willing to put in the effort to get the best results.

  1. Perform cardiovascular exercises at least five times a week, says the American College of Sports Medicine. Shoot for 30-minute sessions that focus on getting your heart rate up. Partake in activities such as running or cycling to burn calories from fat and encourage weight loss.

  2. Use interval training as a part of your workout routine. While going for a run or taking part in any cardiovascular activity, vary your pace to boost the calorie burn of the workout. While power-walking, maintain a moderate pace for five minutes, then burst into a 30-second-to-one-minute run. Drop back down to the power-walk pace for five minutes, then go for another sprint.

  3. Perform strengthening exercises that emphasize creating long and lean muscles. Instead of using heavy weights, which can create bulky muscles, use moderate ones and increase the number of repetitions. Or use your body weight for resistance training. Workouts such as Pilates will tone your entire body and create long and lean leg muscles. Or you can go for a swim, which can give you that always desirable swimmer's body.

  4. Do lunges to tone your legs and make your muscles more defined. To start, begin with your feet together and your hands on your hips. Take a large step forward with your right foot as you bend your knee into a 90-degree angle and your weight rises up onto the ball of your left foot and your left knee bends close to the ground. Raise back into the starting position and repeat at least 10 times per leg.

  5. Increase the amount of protein you eat each day to up to one gram of protein per kilogram of body weight to make it easier for the body to build strong and healthy muscles, says the Harvard School of Public Health. Foods to eat include fish, nuts, turkey and chicken breast.

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