Training legs… you either love it or hate it! I am sure after reading this article you might think again about skipping leg day!
Here I will give you 3 of the MANY benefits there are to training legs:
Who doesn’t have a fitness goal to “burn more fat”? Think cardio machines are the only way to do it? Think again!
This is why I love training legs, during any program I do… and I have experimented with many varieties. I also find that including leg training into it at least once a week really helps me strip away the excess fat – here’s why…..
Training your legs, particularly with compound exercises, burns a higher number of calories than easier upper-body moves such as bicep curls or lateral raises. This helps lead to increased fat loss, which is also partly because your body releases a growth hormone while you are training legs. So that release can also help you achieve more muscle mass on your upper body. WARNING – leg training will also increase your appetite, because it is such a large muscle and needs the fuel to properly recover.
BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER
For sport and athletic performance, working out your legs is vital. Doing the staple lifts like squats and deadlifts will translate to faster running on the field, jumping higher and quicker on the volleyball court, etc. You catch my drift? The heavy lifts also help build strong knees so make sure to use these recommended knee pads to avoid the weight injuring your knee upon being dropped.
Any weight-bearing exercises and resistance training are crucial in preventing/managing osteoporosis and arthritis. There have been studies showing that strength training over a period of time can help prevent bone loss, and may even help build new bone!
I recently read this great article on Cycling And Bone Health, as a cyclist I was amazed to hear how complimentary strength training is to cycling. I live in Vancouver where there are cyclists everywhere, and yes you are working your legs and strengthening them – but in a different manner. Cycling is a low impact sport so it is great for joints etc, but not strengthening your bones.
It is so important to focus on strength training no matter what your age is. Not only does it strengthen your bones, but you are building muscle to help protect them as well.
To your health and wellness,