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Focusing only on your mid-riff is perhaps the most common workout mistake most people make. Sure, core strengthening exercises are important, but losing weight proportionally is necessary too.

Now we’re not talking about supermodel toned pins, thigh gaps, and legs that go on for miles; we’re focusing on taking a step back to analyze your diet, fitness and stress levels, all of which are factors that make your body accumulate fat in the arms, stomach and thighs.

Worse, women have an added disadvantage of a hormone that results in taking those calorific foods straight to your thighs, making you appear bottom heavy, with chicken legs no less.

Try a combination of strength training, cardio exercises and a weight loss food plan to make the transformation.

1) Sumo Squats: Stand with your legs hip-width apart and your toes facing outward. Keep your feet grounded and back straight; now squat. Do 3 sets of 12 reps.
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2) Lunges: This is the perfect exercise for your thighs. It works your quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals, hip flexors and calf muscles. Here’s a step-by step on how you can perfect your lunges for an effective workout. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.

3) Stair Training: To add definition to your thighs, add a twist to the step-up exercise. Climb the stairs of your building sideways instead, and burn calories at twice the speed. Make sure to stand close to the railing for support, balance, and traction so that you don’t fall or injure yourself.

Apart from these simple exercises, running, jogging and playing tennis will also serve you well. They engage your thigh muscles, strengthen your legs, improve your  stance, and give your body a bounce-back quality to sidestep injury.

A trick to track progress is to measure your upper and lower thigh, and knee round with a tape once every month.

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With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.