The five secrets that made PT the fittest, healthiest and happiest she’s been in 15 years – and the one habit to guarantee your slim and toned thighs
- Rachael Attard lists the five things that keep her fit, healthy and happy
- She does low-impact workouts and chooses to walk instead of running
- She says walking is the best exercise for lean, toned thighs
- A morning walk helps to lose excess fat and stretch
A leading personal trainer has listed the five things that have made her the “healthiest and happiest” ever after 15 years in the industry.
Rachel Attardan Australian nutritionist and coach known for helping women build their dream bodies without getting “bulky,” said she’s finally found what works for her after years of working toward it.
The first is doing away with HIIT workouts in favor of less intense exercise.
“Low-impact workouts instead of long, high-intensity workouts left me feeling exhausted,” she said.
She also opts for walking instead of running and spin classes.
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A leading personal trainer has listed the five things that made her the ‘healthiest and happiest’ ever after 15 years in the industry
“Walking gives me better results and is also less stressful on my body,” she said.
“(Me too) rest instead of pushing myself to the limit, practice self-care because it’s a necessity, not a luxury, and choose intuitive eating over extreme dieting and restrictive eating.”
It’s not the first time Rachael, 35, has sung the praises of walking, with the trainer regularly saying it’s the secret to lean and toned legs and thighs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Walking is the best form of exercise for skinny legs. It will help get rid of excess fat on your legs and make them lean forward,” she previously said.
“(I also rest instead of pushing myself to the limit, practice self-care because it’s a necessity, not a luxury, and opt for intuitive eating over extreme dieting and restrictive eating,” she said
What are Rachael’s top five tips for health and happiness?
1. Low impact workouts instead of long high intensity workouts that left me feeling exhausted
2. Walking instead of running and spin class – walking gives me better results and is also less stressful on my body
3. Rest instead of pushing myself to the limit
4. Self-care because it’s a necessity, not a luxury
5. Intuitive eating instead of extreme diets and restrictive eating
When you do cardio at a low to moderate intensity, she explained, the body burns stored glycogen (carbohydrates) first and then fats. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
‘The longer you train, the more fat your body will burn. So by doing longer power walks, your body burns more fat and you get slimmer legs,” she said.
Rachael said she tried “every workout under the sun” but found that “nothing is as effective for getting thinner thighs and legs as walking.”
“Through my years of work as a PT with girls who had the same goal (specifically to get skinny legs), this has always been the best method,” she added.
Rachael’s workouts have helped thousands of women quickly shape their dream bodies
What does your body type say about how you should train?
Ectomorphs are usually naturally slim (like Victoria’s Secret models) and find it difficult to build muscle.
If you have an ectomorphic body type, you probably already have naturally thinner legs. So your goal here is to maintain (or maybe lose a little) some stubborn lower body fat while building muscle mass.
This way your leg gets tone and definition and you avoid the skinny fat look.
Mesomorphs can be quite athletic and quick to respond to exercise, meaning they build muscle easily.
They can lose weight very quickly, but also gain weight quickly. Usually they are of medium size.
If you’re a mesomorph, overdoing workouts like squats and lunges can easily lead to fat legs. So your goal here is to reduce body fat percentage and avoid exercises that will make your legs swell in the process.
Endomorphs naturally have a strong build and larger frame. They can build muscle very quickly and it is a bit more difficult for them to lose weight. But it’s not impossible!
If you have an endomorph body type, your goal is to really focus on reducing overall body fat and completely avoiding workouts that can cause you to gain weight.
“Your body type plays a huge role in how you build muscle and lose weight and some body types are more likely to get bigger,” added Rachael
Rachael added that a walk in the morning will lead to better results.
“If you do cardio in the morning before you eat, you’ll have less stored glycogen and therefore your body will burn more fat and muscle,” Rachael said.
“Less fat and less muscle equals slimmer legs, but for this to work you need to eat low carb (try not to eat carbs for dinner the night before so your glycogen levels are already low) and you need to do cardio for a reasonable amount of time . long time (more than 60-90 minutes).’
Clients often ask her if walking or running is better for the legs – she always recommends walking
“Walking is the best form of exercise for skinny legs. It will help get rid of excess fat on your legs and make them lean forward,” she said
How can I slim my inner thighs and burn fat?
1. Have a healthy, balanced diet to lose excess weight/body fat
2. Lots of walking! This is the best exercise for slimming your legs
3. Avoid exercises that make your legs swell
4. Don’t overload your inner thigh muscles. Doing exercises on the inner thighs will not get rid of the fat here. It will make the muscles bigger. Resistance training will help, but you need to work all the muscles in your buttocks, hips, and thighs to help lift and tone, not just your inner thighs
The bottom line is that there are three main steps to reducing muscle size and shaping lean, toned legs: learning your body type, doing the right type of cardio (walking), and eating in a small calorie deficit with low carbohydrates.
“Your body type plays a huge role in how you build muscle and lose weight, and some body types are more likely to get bigger,” Rachael added.
Knowing your body type (ectomorph, endomorph, or mesomorph) is super important, she says, because some body types swell in their legs (and in general) more easily than others.