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Fitness

Love Your Legs, Thighs, and Butt

Here, we unlock the secret to a fabulous lower body. Read on for the shortcut to better thighs and even "tan" tips, and that's just the start!
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Take flights. "Running up stairs one step at a time on the balls of your feet works the calves, but take two -- or more, if you're tall -- to really sculpt your inner and outer thighs and your glutes," says personal trainer Dominique Hall of Peak Performance in New York City. She recommends starting out with 10 minutes of climbing (which blasts 85 calories) at least three days a week and adding two or three minutes to your climb every two weeks.

Permanently erase veins. It's quick and virtually painless, says New York City dermatologist Neil Sadick, MD -- that's the truth, say those who've tested the newest, no-surgery spider-vein treatments. In the latest, foam sclerotherapy, a saline solution is injected into the veins, causing them to collapse; it costs about $400 a needle and offers a quick fix for smaller veins. For a temporary solution, a new cream may do the trick: Avon Anew Clinical Spider Vein Therapy SPF 15 ($28 at avon.com) increases microcirculation to strengthen capillaries, helping to improve the appearance of spider veins.

Tip: Never underestimate the power of an even glow -- post-beach, use a coat of body oil, such as Nars Monoi Body Glow II ($59, narscosmetics.com), to create the illusion of slim, sculpted calves instantly.

Tip: Banish scaly skin on your knees by exfoliating with a rich scrub like Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish, $27.50, kiehls.com.

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