5 Essential Butt and Thigh Toners

Tighten and tone your lower body with these tried-and-true moves

October 28, 2010
Trim and Tone Your Lower Body
Thomas MacDonald
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For most women, the lower body is where all those little indulgences--a heaping bowl of pasta here, an extra slice of cheesecake there--come home to rest. That's because thousands of years ago, we needed fat storage to survive droughts and long winters. Women with more lower body fat had the evolutionary advantage, which was passed down through the generations. Now that we have food at every corner, we no longer need this reserve. But our bodies have not caught up with the times.

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To counter these fat-gathering spots, cut back on super-size portions and snacks and try these simple strengthening exercises to shed excess fat and firm your lower-body muscles.  Do two sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side two or three times a week, leaving a day of rest between workouts.

Read on for 5 must-do lower body moves.

--Michele Stanten

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