Leg workouts: How and why you need to do them

Leg workouts: How and why you need to do them

Strong legs do more than just look good and incorporating leg workouts is integral to your health.

Here's how and where you can begin.

For your warmup, start with 5 minutes of light cardio to get your heart rate up and blood flowing.

Dive into a dynamic stretching routine with leg swings, hip openers, bodyweight squats and lunges.

The basic lower body workouts are squats, hip hinges (deadlifts) and lunges.

These movements focus on the major muscle groups of the legs like glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves.

As a beginner looking to increase general fitness, begin with choosing 3–5 exercises per leg workout.

Then complete 3 sets of 8–12 reps of each exercise.

If your workouts get too long, they can be unproductive. So, 5 exercises will do per workout.