Leg Day: 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Skip Your Leg Workout Again
Don’t skip leg day — does that sound familiar to you? 🙂 If you think your leg workout isn’t that important, we have five reasons why you shouldn’t forget to train your lower body.
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1. You’re getting some cardio & core action
Many leg exercises are compound movements, which means they engage many muscle groups. Squats, for example, engage your quads, hamstrings, glutes, inner and outer thighs, of course, but they also really activate your core! Additionally, lower body exercises get your heart rate up as well for a bit of cardio while strength training — a real time-saver.
2. Strong legs = better running performance
Well-trained legs not only give you a strong back and core, but they also provide you with the stability you need for good running form. A strong lower body will also help you to perform other sports like swimming or cycling — both excellent forms of cross-training for runners.
3. Leg day helps you lose weight
Your leg muscles are the biggest muscle group in your body. The more you train them, the more energy is needed to move them. This means that no matter what activity you do — whether it be a leisurely walk or an intense bodyweight workout — you will automatically burn more calories. But it’s not just strong leg muscles that help you lose weight, but the leg training itself: like most strength training, a leg workout also generates a big afterburn effect.
4. Leg training prevents lower back pain
Did you know that back pain is often caused by weak stabilizing muscles? Perhaps you have heard that you need strong core and back muscles to prevent back pain. However, there is more to it: through targeted exercises, you can train your glutes, hip flexors, quadriceps and hamstrings and thus reduce your risk of lower back injuries. But proper form is key! If you’re performing lower body exercises improperly, you can definitely increase your risk of back pain and injury.
5. Last, but not least: toned legs are sexy
Many people focus solely on their upper body and forget about their legs (we’re talking mostly to the guys here). But toned and shapely legs are very sexy. Plus, it’s hard to work your legs without working your booty too — which isn’t a bad thing either. In fact, did you know that strong glutes can help prevent injury and improve overall athletic performance?
3 free exercises for strong legs
Interested in training your legs? These three exercises are perfect for your next leg day.
Single Leg Deadlift:
Our tip: You can use the Workout Creator in the Runtastic Results app to create your own individual leg training!