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Definition. Legs, the part of the body of a human that is used for standing or walking.

Strengthen, tone, and shape your legs through a combination of leg exercises and cardio. These approaches not only enhance muscle definition but also contribute to overall leg health and functionality.

  1. Leg exercises. Strength exercises like squats, lunges, and leg presses build muscle power and endurance. They shape your legs by targeting major muscle groups. Strengthened leg muscles enhance stability, prevent injuries, and improve overall mobility.
  2. Cardio. Cardio exercises such as running, cycling, and dancing elevate heart rate and burn calories. They engage leg muscles while promoting fat loss. Cardiovascular activities contribute to leaner, more defined legs and better circulation. Cardio workouts like running or jogging burn calories, reduce body fat, and improve overall leg endurance.

How this combo works:

  • Muscle activation: Strength exercises create micro-tears in muscle fibers, leading to repair and growth. Cardiovascular workouts increase blood flow, aiding recovery and nutrient delivery.
  • Caloric burn: Cardio burns calories, contributing to overall fat loss. As fat decreases, muscle definition becomes more visible.
  • Metabolism boost: Both strength training and cardio elevate your metabolism, helping you maintain a healthy weight and toned legs.
  • Improved circulation: Cardiovascular exercises enhance blood circulation, reducing the risk of varicose veins and promoting leg health.

Generally a balanced combination of strength training and cardio yields optimal results. However, this may be adapted depending on your goals, body shape, and body type (see guides below).

Legs, Legs, Legs

All the tools to tone your legs.

Your body shape is a reflection of the shape of your bone structure and distribution of body fat and muscle. It’s a good idea to take this into consideration when setting goals. For example, someone with an inverted triangle shape naturally has more slender legs, while someone with a pear shape has fuller legs.

Best Leg Exercises

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Leg Exercises

Tone and strengthen your legs with these exercises.

Walk this Way

Walk your way to stronger, more toned legs.

Toning your legs and losing leg fat are not the same. Exercises like squats (and the leg exercises above) strengthen your legs. However, they do not burn leg fat. To burn leg fat you need to create a calorie defict through a calorie-reduced diet and cardiovascular exercise, such as walking.

Find out many calories you’re burning. This calculator will determine how many calories you burn exercising based on your weight.

Weight Loss

If you want to tone and also lose weight from your legs, weight loss is an important part of the equation.

To lose leg fat you need to create a calorie deficit. This calculator will determine how many calories you need per day based on your age, weight, and level of activity.

Body Type

Knowing your body type can help you tailor your workouts to your specific needs and set better goals.

Body type is different from body shape. Learn how, from the guides above and use this calculator to help you determine your body type.