This article was written by Jenny Sugar and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.
Full disclosure: There’s no one exercise or food that specifically helps you lose weight in your legs—spot reducing fat doesn’t work—but keep reading to find out what can help you trim down.
Burning calories is key to reducing your overall body fat, and heart-pumping cardio is going to make that happen. Choose the types that burn the most calories, such as biking, running, and jumping rope. As a bonus, these also tone the legs while you’re doing them. Do 60-minute sessions five times a week to really notice a difference.
With your incline, that is. Pump up the treadmill’s incline, find some hills to bike or run up, or take the stairs outside or in your home. You’ll instantly feel your heart rate increase, which means you’re working harder and burning more calories than if you were to stick to a flat surface. Incline also targets the thighs, hamstrings, and tush, toning your lower body.
With all the cardio you’re doing that’s stripping away that extra layer of fat surrounding your lower body, you want to reveal strong, toned muscles underneath. Doing moves that sculpt your inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, and butt will make your legs look leaner and slimmer.