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Guide to Leg Exercises
Exercising Leg, Butt, Thigh and Calf Muscles
The leg, particularly the thigh area, is a problem area for many women. Women accumulate fat in the lower body around the butt, hips and thighs. Leg muscles that need to be toned and stretched include the calf, the quadricpes at the front of the thigh, the hamstrings which is the muscles on the back of the thigh, the abductors which are on the outside of the thigh and the adductors, the inner thigh.
Good Leg Exercises
If you are reasonably active in your day to day life you will use a number of your leg muscles. However, if you are inactive, then walking, jogging, running, walking on a treadmill, bicycling are all good activities to build and tone leg muscles.
Thigh Leg Muscles
The thighs are made up of a group of muscles called the quadriceps - or more commonly called "quads". The inner thigh muscles include adductor longus, satorius and gracillis. The adductor longus is the largest of these muscles. The largest muscle on the front thighs is the rectus femoris, the big muscle that runs down the center of the thigh. The vastus lateralis is a large muscle running down the outer thigh and the vastus medialis is a smaller muscle just above the knee. The adductor magnus is an inner thigh muscle at the center-back of the thigh. This muscle is not used very much in our normal daily activity and need to be worked on to tighten and tone the inner thigh.
The hamstring or hamstrings is a group of three big muscles that run down the back of the thigh. These muscles are called the biceps femoris, vastus latoralis and the semimembranous.
The calf muscles are made up of a group of three very strong muscles, the tibialis anterior, the gastrocnemius and the soleus.
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