An exercise routine to tone and strengthen thighs.

By Carol Espel

Q: I'm tall and thin, but can't seem to get rid of the cellulite in my thighs. I work out three times a week -- all I can manage with two kids -- and do 30 minutes on the Stairmaster, plus 30 minutes of weights, including leg extensions and squats. Can I ever get rid of it? If so, what should I try?

A: Just so you know, most everyone has some kind of cellulite on their thighs, so give yourself a little slack. But to strengthen and tone your thighs, try varying your cardio routine with some treadmill walking; especially with inclines. Try elliptical machines or even SpinningTM classes. Then make sure when you do your strength training exercises, that you're using proper form and a weight that is challenging enough to perform one to three sets of 12 to 20 repetitions. If you're performing the exercises incorrectly, you won't get the results you are seeking. You might consider working with a trainer once or twice to help you get on the right track. Keep in mind that two to three times a week with 20 to 30 minutes of strength training should be appropriate. Maybe intersperse your training with short bouts of cardio (circuit training, for instance). Good luck!

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