One of the most popular phrases amongst fitness professionals is “Don’t skip leg day”.
There are numerous images cruising the web about this phenomenon and some are hilarious. Just Google it and see for yourself.
Want to know the truth?
There are plenty more reasons not to skip leg day apart from having a body that is out of “proportion”.
Let´s name a few:
Burn more calories
The muscles in your lower body make up for almost half of your total muscle weight. Therefore, by working out your leg muscles you will produce a high caloric expenditure which activates cell metabolism. Leg exercises are mostly made of compound exercises working multiple muscle groups at the same time.
Improve leg stability
Supporting, balancing, and propelling the body is the work of the muscular system of the legs and feet. From the large, strong muscles of the buttocks and legs to the tiny muscles of your feet, these muscles can exert tremendous power while constantly making small adjustments for balance – whether your body is at rest or in motion.
Increase your testosterone levels
For both men and women testosterone plays an important role for muscle growth as well as weight loss. By doing an intense arm workout you might be able to increase free testosterone levels by a factor 10, by doing a murder leg work-out you can increase those levels by a factor 1000. So don’t forget to train your legs hard if you want to improve in strength and volume!
Improve your cardiovascular condition
Consisting of mostly compound exercises, a proper leg workout will immediately help you improve your cardiovascular condition. Depending on the type of leg workout you can improve your aerobic as well as anaerobic condition.
So for all the aforementioned reasons and for not ending up with a pictures of your legs cruising on Google remember: