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Want to know how to get thinner thighs?

For many of us - if not most! - our thighs are a real bugbear, but the good news is that there are steps you can take to slim them just takes a little dedication.As with most problem areas, there are particular ways and methods to work on your thighs that are sure to produce results. The key to getthing thinner thighs is to be realistic and build these specific exercises into your daily routine. Making the exercises as effortless as possible will mean that you are more likely to stick to the plan long term. For instance you can work your inner thighs while you're watching TV - you simply sit upright and put a water bottle or small cushion between your thighs. Squeeze the bottle with your thighs, then release. Repeat 20 to 25 times for an easy toning session.

As the summer months approach, we all want to be able to embrace the warmer weather and dig out our favourite cool summer skirts and shorts. But there's nothing worse than feeling under confident and self-conscious when the sun is shining. Start now and we'll show you how to get thinner thighs in just three steps and, come summer, you'll be wearing those lovely skirts and shorts without a worry in the world.

We have asked the experts for the most effective ways to get thinner thighs and these three steps are easy to build into a busy lifestyle. If approached with dedication, you can slim down those thighs just in time for summer.

1. The exercise for thinner thighs

Walking, climbing stairs and squats will all help, but the classic exercise is the lunge. Get it right so you don't put strain on your joints.

Keep your upper body straight, shoulders back and relaxed and chin up (don't look down). Tighten your core muscles, then step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at about 90 degrees.

Keep your front knee directly above your ankle and make sure that the other knee doesn't touch the floor. Keep the weight in your heels as you push back up to the starting position. Try five each side if you're a beginner, working up to 20 in a set. Repeat as often as you can; this is an exercise you can do virtually anywhere!

2. The beauty buster for thinner thighs

Brushing your thighs in long sweeps towards your heart stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage to help give you smoother thighs.

We love: Sanctuary Hip and Thigh Massager, £8, Boots - use the brush everyday before you shower. Then try Soap and Glory Sit Tight Intense XS Special Super-Strength Body Firming Serum, £16.50. Just use the massage roller to apply the serum to your bottom and upper legs - you will feel a heating sensation, which is a little weird at first. Evidently, 87% of users reported their skin looked more toned.

3. The cheat for thinner thighs

When you need a lean sillouette right now, shapewear is the solution. Magicwear Bum & Tum Bodyshaper shorts, £6.00, in black or nude, have magicwear technology for shaping power. They have no side seams, so you won't see them under clothes, are lightweight, and really streamline your thighs (and tum and bum). They're easier to get on than some brands and aren't so restrictive that wearing them is a strain.