As Harris pointed out – this is a complicated question. My quick answer to your question (as I read it)is yes – a balanced exercise program that includes strength training and aerobic conditioning should definitely improve your overall body shape – including your legs. This is also assuming that you’re eating a healthy diet & not over-consuming calories – which will increase your amount of body fat (even around your knees!)if you are. But if you’re asking if there’s a particular exercise to target the fat that seems to have accumulated around your knees, my answer is no. That’s known as “spot reduction” and unfortunately, that doesn’t work (excluding surgery). To make a long story longer, I’m with the others – if you want those great legs back, get the help of a qualified trainer to help you devise the proper exercise program. You also want to look into your diet & eating habits. Good luck Sybil, with the right plan, those legs will be back before you know it!
While I understand the dissatisfaction with such changes in our bodies, I would caution against losing sight of what is important. If you do not have knee pain, proceed cautiously with increasing your exercise volume for you legs. The other answers already hit upon things like nutrition for losing fat weight, but you cannot target the area of the body where such weight will be lost.
Whether you have leg/knee pain or not, I would also suggest that you seek medical clearance to exercise if you haven’t already. Lastly, if you have seen a significant change in the shape of your knees/knee joints, you should also discuss this with your physician.
I agree with Harris
If you have gained weight in general and your genetics gravitate to lower body you may want to consider your body type.
I suggest a comprehensive workout program, an eating reality check, a personal trainer to assist you and either a certified ACE or ACSM Health/Wellness Coach and or a Nutritionist
Always a good idea to get a complete physical and rule out any underlying medical issues.
Hello Sybil Hood,
I am sure you still have great looking legs; more importantly, I assume those same legs are still strong enough to get you around. I wouldn’t worry so much about how something looks; but, the quality of the body’s health.
Staying healthy will keep you the best looking anyway; great side effect, right? To do this, I would follow Jason’s and Harris’ tip to do this right the first time; a reputable trainer will show you how to reach your goals in the safest way possible without taking advantage of you.
If you still choose to go on your own, please be sure to eat as cleanly as possible and do a balanced exercise program as Christine explains, do not forget to stretch.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
The answer to this question is not that simple. The best advise I could offer you is to recommend you hiring a trainer even for a small number of sessions to help you. This requires a well rounded physical/fitness program as well as some diet planning. And the best part of all is that it will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.