ZZ Top: “She’s got legs, she knows how to use them.” Even if you’re not old enough to be familiar with ZZ Top, these lyrics convey a simple message that is timeless and valuable. Today, health enthusiasts can discover a new appreciation for these bearded musicians. Most of us get up in the morning without ever thinking about our legs. What happens when we injure them though? Well then, it becomes an entirely different story. If we tear a meniscus, sprang an ankle, or break a femur, suddenly, our whole world revolves around getting our mobility back! Like many other blessings in this life, sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have, until it’s gone.
Multitudes of people across the globe simply don’t value and harness their ability to move. More often than not, exercise is viewed as an afterthought; it’s never a priority for many individuals until they become significantly overweight, something malfunctions, or their strength collapses. Why? During initial fitness consultations, I hear all sorts of stories, but this PHS Principle of exercise won’t change—it’s not reserved for the elite athlete or body builder. Everybody needs physical activity much in the same way we need food, water, rest and sleep.
Forget the laundry list of excuses, walking is a heart-healthy activity that can be done by virtually anyone, anywhere. It’s simple: If you got legs, use them! Sorry, I can’t guarantee that someone will write a song about you, but there are many benefits to using your legs. Right from the introduction in my book, I mention that consistent bouts of cardiovascular exercise can help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Research indicates that people who take walks regularly can significantly lower their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Exercise doesn’t always have to be rigorous. Any cardiovascular activity that gets your blood circulating is great, but over time, if you don’t use it—you will lose it! As we age, muscle atrophy will naturally occur unless we’re proactively doing something to combat it. One of my client’s recently told me about her mother-in-law who lives an extremely sedentary lifestyle. At age 63, her leg muscles had become so weak that she could barely stand up, let alone walk.
Being a personal trainer, I know numerous ways to activate and build the muscles in your legs. Lunges are one of the best exercises to incorporate in your training routine. Done correctly, they will help to strengthen your legs while working on balance and coordination. Lunges can be performed in a variety of ways and are a great drill for sports conditioning. When it comes to strength-training your legs however, this is not just a matter of firing off the muscles in your glutes, hips, quad, hamstring and calf. As with any other muscle group, it’s important to pay careful attention to your form, reps, sets, nutrition, rest, plus so much more. Unfortunately, there are many people who got legs, but don’t know how to use them. The good news though, it’s never too late to learn. My book, The Proactive Health Solution is packed with so much valuable information, it will:
- Teach you how to build and strengthen your muscles properly.
- Help you reconnect to your active side, so you can enjoy dancing the night away, or take a challenging off-road hike!
- Truly be a powerful guide for your legs to travel a path toward optimal health!
Don’t take anything in life for granted. If you lack the motivation to get moving, click here to order your own copy of The Proactive Health Solution and remember, if you got legs, use them!!!
Hebrews 12:12 (TLB): “So take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs, and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong.”
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