5 Easy, No-equipment Exercises to Tone Flabby Thighs

Get strong and toned legs with minimal efforts 

We haven’t been all that active the past year and haven’t worked our legs much. Now that summer is upon us and we have started pulling out shorts and mini skirts, we realise those thighs don’t look the way they did last summer. Besides looking good, our legs are literally what keep us moving all day, so building strength in the lower half is crucial. So we get Vesna P. Jacob, holistic fitness guru, Pilates expert and author to show us a few exercises that can be easily done at home and do not require any fancy equipment. “These exercises can be done easily without weights or bands, As you get a lot stronger you can add resistance bands and weights to get a greater challenge,” says Vesna.

Deep Squats (variations)

Squats are a staple exercise with many variations and levels of difficulties. One can play with the foot position, how deep you go into the squat etc. Do these squats with both toes pointing straight forward.

Now do the squat with toes pointing out like Sumo squats.

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, transfer weight on to your toes, engage the glutes push your bottom our as if you are going to sit on a chair, as you exhale come back to the stating position. Make sure you don’t strain your knees. Get back into the deep squat position and from there do 10 quick pulsing movements. After a short rest from a deep squat position jump up ten times to get that extra burn. Once you have completed one round of this exercise – (yes these three movements are variations of the one exercise), repeat this with toes out.

Single Leg Balance

Balance on one leg, stay upright and bring the other knee up, as you exhale stretch out with your arms and try and make your upper body and leg as parallel to the floor as possible, inhale and get back into the stating position. Do ten movements on each side.

Moon Cat

Get on your hands and knees and slightly round your back like in a cat stretch. Bring your knee to the chest and kick up as if you are trying to touch the back of your head with your foot. Make sure not to stress your back and go only so far as your body allows you. Do 20 movements on each side.

Make sure not to stress your back while doing this Moon cat exercise and go only so far as your body allows you. Do 20 movements on each side.

Side Passé

An all-time Pilates classic, is a great way to shape your thighs. Lie down on your side, make sure one hip is on top of the other, stomach pulled in, your head supported by one hand. Point the toes and as your exhale, lift the leg so that the toes are pointing towards the ceiling. As you inhale bend the leg with toes still pointing down and stretch out the leg back to the starting position. Do this 20 times on each side.

Inner Thigh Lifts

Lie down on your side, lift the top leg up and hold it with your hand, try to hold the leg as close to the ankle as possible, but if you cannot don’t hold the leg on the knee joint.