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The leg muscles are the biggest in the body. Exercising them is vital in order to maintain the overall health of ones body. These exercises will help not just to tone the muscles but also to shed any excess fat that might have accumulated on the legs. Leg muscles are the easiest muscles to train, and positive results are easier to achieve when compared to other muscles in the body. It should also be remembered that leg muscles are quite durable, so don’t be afraid to push yourself to work hard - within reason of course.

Types of exercises

Using the weight of ones body is a great way to exercise the legs. For most leg exercises, no equipment is required and the exercises can comfortably be performed at home.

Squats are a very effective way to exercise the leg muscles. Stand up straight with the feet about hip-distance apart. Put your arms out in front of you, before lowering your body until the thighs are parallel to the ground. Knees should not be extended further than the toes. Hold the position for a few seconds. Repeat for about fifteen reps.

Lunges are a great way to work out the legs. In order to perform a lunge, stand up straight with feet at shoulder distance apart. Then, move the right leg forwards, making sure to keep the leg in line with the hip. Lower the body until the right thigh is parallel to the floor. Then raise the body back to the starting position. This process should be done about fifteen times on each leg. Warriors are a similar way of exercising to the lunge. While in the lunge position, touch the fingers to the ground. Turn the body slightly to one side and raise the toes of the opposing foot. Perform on both sides for about seven repetitions.

Leg lifts will require a wall for balance. Stand beside the wall, making sure your head is facing parallel to it. Lift the outer leg straight up, before lowering it. Do not allow the leg to touch the floor. Repeat the process about fifteen times on each leg.

Step ups can be used for efficient fat loss. Simply find a step and move each foot onto the step in turn. Return the feet to the ground, again in turn, and repeat the process for about seven minutes.

Walking and cycling are also great ways to work out the legs. Many people underestimate the benefits of walking, but forty minutes walking, five days i a week can provide great health benefits. Cycling is a good way to work out the legs, but if possible try to cycle on the open road as this will be more likely to provide one with the required resistance.

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