Time To Put In Some Legwork!

Legs are the pillars for a healthy body, and training them should be a top priority for overall physique and health. Some of the benefits of exercising the legs are:

  • The glutes are the densest piece of muscle in the human body, followed by the quads and hamstrings. The muscles on the lower half of the leg are called calves. The two most common fitness goals in the world are to get stronger and to lose weight. When working out, focus on your legs. You can place more load on your legs because they have bigger muscles. More loads equate to more strength and more calories being used. This spikes up your metabolism, which causes intense fat burning.

  • The power generated from your lower half is essential for nearly every sport. A well-developed lower body will allow you to exert a maximal amount of force in a minimal amount of time, which in turn makes you faster and stronger.

  • Performing functional exercises, such as lunges and squats, promotes stability in the knee. According to the American Council on Exercise, this is your best bet to prevent an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL, a type of knee ligament) tear. Also, balance is essential for maintaining control of your body.

  • Working bigger muscles in multi-joint exercises, such as squats, deadlifts, or lunges, will require more “work” from the heart and lungs and higher levels of metabolism compared to exercising smaller muscle groups. Challenging these larger muscles requires more energy, which means your body will be burning more calories.

  • Strength-based movements, such as squats and deadlifts, will help develop your hips, which are a typical spot for injury in runners. Research also shows that strength training can help build endurance in athletes. People who strengthened their lower bodies demonstrated more power during the research.

  • Strength training of legs outperforms standard cardio exercises when it comes to keeping metabolism levels high.

  • Back pain from weak hamstrings and short and tight hip flexors can be cured by routine leg strengthening exercises. Stretching the hip flexors and strengthening the hamstrings, glutes, and abdominal muscles are the best way.

  • Exercises, such as squats, deadlifts, and lunges will improve your range of motion. Once you’ve got the movements and proper mobility down, you’ll be able to safely tackle more weight and ultimately increase your gains.

  • Giving your legs attention will pay off every day. Picking up boxes, carrying groceries, or moving furniture will be easier when your lower body is used to squatting down and hinging at the hips. Even if your arms are strong, you will be more efficient when lifting heavy objects if you squat down and engage those glutes instead of straining your back.

  • Studies have shown that working your legs increases your caloric burn, as well as forcing your glands to produce the muscle developing hormones called the growth hormone (GH) and testosterone. These hormones play vital roles in human cell growth and multiplication, strengthening muscle tissue and bone tissue, and improving reproductive health in both men and women.




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