The Best At-Home Leg Workout

Curtsy Lunge

If you’ve ever woken up with sore legs (hmm… not me, certainly not in the past 3 weeks… ha!), you realise just how significant these lovely limbs are.  The older I get, the more I’m struck by how often people lose their independence because of their inability to care for themselves physically, and this is too often a result of loss of strength.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  No, it happens little by little, that insidious weakness that gradually creeps in.  Then one day you sprain your wrist and all of a sudden you can’t get out of your chair anymore……

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5 Reasons Why You Should Train Your Legs

As everyone was packing up to leave after a rather intense bootcamp today, I asked the two remaining ladies, “If I were to blog about today’s workout, what type of picture would sum it up?  I knew I should have just figured it out on my own, because their responses, though highly amusing, were also a bit inappropriate for my G-rated audience…. I adore my bootcamp girls for many reasons, and this is one of them!!

We laughed for a few minutes, and then decided that any quad-glute exercise would be just the ticket, because this workout was very leg-heavy… on purpose!

Make sure your knees are behind your toes throughout your squat

Make sure your knees are behind your toes throughout your squat

Engage your abs at the top of your squat and squeeze your glutes & quads

Engage your abs at the top of your squat and squeeze your glutes & quads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why emphasise legs in a workout?  Well, not to neglect our upper bodies… you know I’m a big fan of upper body strength, especially for women.  That said, however, there are several excellent reasons to work your legs:

1. The large muscles in your legs & hips (quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and hip flexors) are responsible for most of your functional movements throughout your day: walking, sitting/standing, climbing stairs, etc.  Think about being able to get up out of a chair when you’re 80!!  If you’re 25, or even 45, that seems pretty far away to think about, but I believe functional fitness declines faster than we think, and at an increasing rate after age 40……

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