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    Exclamation Will running make your thighs and legs smaller or bigger?

    I have been jogging and running for the past few days and I noticed my legs and thighs have gotten rock hard and thicker. But the reason I want to run is to lose the fat from my legs and thighs. Don't get me wrong, gaining muscles was awesome but I also want to lose the fat around my legs and thighs and make them look toned, not bulky. What should I do? Should I continue running or do some other workout?
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    If you just started running any additional size you are seeing is just water weight in the muscle to help facilitate repair and recovery. You should see this decrease as your body adjusts to the running and becomes more efficient at recovering.
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    There is no such thing as spot reducing. You have to reduce overall body fat. Throw in some HIIT workouts
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    Losing fat overall will help with smaller legs. Although sprinting will give you some muscle and long distance will give you long muscle because of the twitch fibers in your muscles. This is why sprinters typically have "bulky" legs. You need to lose body fat to have smaller legs. They will look bigger because the muscles are inflammed and holding water to heal.
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    Running *can* make legs appear larger, if you are new to it, as it causes additional glycogen and water storage in the leg muscles, coupled with (in my understanding) the inflammation response that comes with tearing up a muscle with an unfamiliar exercise.

    It won't affect fat loss, unless by running you are putting yourself into a calorie deficit. But running is not a muscle-building kind of exercise. Muscle growth requires a progressive resistance (increasing weights) and a calorie SURPLUS.
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    Originally Posted by razzyree View Post
    I have been jogging and running for the past few days
    LOL what?

    Bluntly, you aren't going to gain or lose much muscle anywhere in a few days. Especially not from running. It's an aerobic exercise, it isn't appreciably anabolic.

    You shouldn't rely only on running to change your physique. Certainly not to spot-reduce fat. Fat loss is diet and a varied program that includes at least 2 days of lifting to avoid muscle loss. Running can certainly help you get leaner, but the good runners you see are not lean because they run. Many of them are actually good runners because they are lean (either genetically or because they were always active and have a good diet).

    I'm a runner and have always had BIG legs--not fat, but large quads and hamstrings. I don't think that I got those from running, though sprinting has helped to develop them; I think I like to run (/sprint) because I have strong legs with lots of fast-twitch muscle. I didn't get them from running. Oh, and they didn't shrink down to distance-runner sticks when I was running distance, either. That's genetics for you.
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    Originally Posted by razzyree View Post
    I have been jogging and running for the past few days and I noticed my legs and thighs have gotten rock hard and thicker. But the reason I want to run is to lose the fat from my legs and thighs. Don't get me wrong, gaining muscles was awesome but I also want to lose the fat around my legs and thighs and make them look toned, not bulky. What should I do? Should I continue running or do some other workout?
    I promise you your legs did not get bigger from running for a couple days... I will reiterate that losing bodyfat is the key to reducing the size of your legs. With that said if you look at sprinters they have big strong legs... Distance runners have thinner legs
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    Too much running or cardio can cause you to actually hold on to your body fat as a female. But too much means a crazy amount of weekly mileage that a new runner wouldn't be able to do regardless. The best way to burn fat is to do intervals. Run hard for a while and then slow down. And just do that over and over. You will gain muscel just from doing something that you haven't done before but you will lose fat.
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    I have big legs like shesprints (large quads particularly)]

    At a lower overall body fat they would look smaller perhaps even slightly bulky because of the increased definition. I have never been able to spot-lose body fat from my legs. I had the same idea as you when I was younger.

    I DID build a decent amount of muscle and strength from walking everywhere (I don't drive) and only doing cardio/running not weights as well as being on my feet working. Running up and down hills and flights of 200 stairs every day trying just to lose the fat on my legs in an attempt to tone up made them appear bigger but not toned/nicer. The muscle bulked up but the fatty layer stayed put.

    I did years of cardio, not days... and hardly an improvement. I've lifted less than a year with not a lot of cardio and have had better results with this. I wish I had trained the way I do now, then. And now I am cutting the body fat from my whole body. Do weights, use your fat strength to train hard, then cut.
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