Many people wonder how they can achieve toned, beautiful thighs. There may be different reasons such as wanting to look good in certain shorts, dresses, and outfits or just having healthy looking legs. Whatever the reason may be, it can be really simple to achieve the thighs you have always wanted. Below are a few Pilates exercises that can get anyone the thighs they dream of. If these exercises are done as often as needed, there should be results in no time.
It is suggested that these exercises be performed on a yoga mat, towel, or comfortable surface. All of these exercises put pressure on the side of the body and you want to be as comfortable as possible when completing them.
Thigh Exercises Done on Side
This first exercise should be done laying on one side of the body. There should be a straight line from your head to your tail. The legs should be stacked upon one another and slightly forward of the torso. Both legs should be rotated out.
The Leg Lift
Once this posture is correct, and secure, the top leg should be lifted toward the ceiling. On the way up the foot should be pointed, on the way down the foot should be flexed. The pelvic floor should continue to be lengthened during this exercise.
After the leg lift section is completed, small circles can be done with the upper leg. The circles should be done clockwise, and then reversed to be done counter clockwise.
Parallel Leg Back
For this exercise the leg should be rotated parallel to the floor. The leg should be taken back just enough so that your posture is not disturbed. Once the leg is back in this position, small circles can be done here as well. These circles should also be performed clockwise and counter clockwise. During this exercise your stomach should stay tight so that it does not fall out of alignment.
The bicycle should be performed in the same parallel and back position of the previous exercise. The top leg should bend, be pulled back in this bent position, and then straighten out to the original position (the motion of a bicycle). The bottom foot can be pressed into an arched position to add extra support for this pose. Be sure to perform this exercise clockwise and counter clockwise.
The Inner Thigh
The top leg is now the leg responsible for the stability of the pose. The top leg drapes over the bottom leg in a bent position and the foot is flat to the ground. The bottom leg is straight, and the foot is pointed. Like the other exercises, the bottom leg makes clockwise and counter clockwise circles in order to fully work the muscles. It is important during this exercise to continue to think about the concept of the head moving away from the tail of the body (lengthening).
These are just some of the ways that thigh muscles can be toned. All of these exercises can be done in a reasonable amount of time so that they can easily fit into your daily schedule.