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10 exercises to slim thighs just in time for shorts season

Do you feel as if every wandering calorie immediately goes straight to your thighs? And at the same time are you eyeing your shorts as summer approaches?

Strength-training exercises to slim thighs, combined with plyometrics, high-intensity cardio and a healthy diet, is the fastest approach to sexy, toned legs. Strength-training exercises will target the thighs and add lean leg muscles. The more lean muscle mass you obtain the more calories you will burn while exercising and even post-workout. Plyometric drills allow muscles to exert maximum force in a short period of time with the goal of increasing power with explosive movements. High-intensity cardio-based exercises burn more calories and fat in a quicker amount of time, so you don't have to run a marathon to get a runner's legs.

Check out these 10 heart-pumping exercises that will help sculpt your butt, hamstrings, quads, calves and thighs. Complete the recommended exercises three times a week and you will build muscle and torch those stray calories--so you can wear your shorts with pride all summer long!

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