From core-centric classes to running to yoga, the variety of workouts and programs you can try are a great way to make sure boredom doesn’t crimp your commitment to fitness. And while every type of exercise plan presents its own unique benefits, some may be better suited to help you meet your personal body goals than others. Be sure you’re on the track to your desired results—and get there faster—with these expert-recommended workouts.
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If You Want Thinner Thighs
Instead of: Sprinting
Try: Distance running
Sprinters tend to have bigger thighs, which gives them power to cover short distances in a flash, while the average endurance runner has thinner thighs, says Tom Holland, C.S.C.S., author of Beat the Gym. “Distance running ‘eats’ into the muscle a little bit when you run for 90 minutes or longer,” Holland says. [Tweet this fact!] At this point your body has used up its carbs and fat and starts to burn protein, which it gets from muscle, as a source of fuel. “It’s more about endurance than muscle growth and may work better for a woman concerned about bigger thighs,” he explains. Aim for long runs of at least 1 1/2 hours, and don’t forget to cross train too.