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Building Leg Muscles .. Exercises for Thighs and Calves

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Building Leg Muscles .. Exercises for Thighs and Calves

Strengthening your leg muscles will make it easier for you to climb stairs, ride a bicycle, and even walk. And because your legs, especially your thighs, have so much muscle mass, building leg muscles through resistance training will help you burn calories even when you’re sitting still.

“Muscle can really burn a lot of calories,” says Michael J. Joyner, MD, a physiologist at the Mayo Clinic who studies exercise and aging. “When you have more muscle mass, your resting muscles burn more calories.”Next

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Markham Heid has written about health, fitness, and nutrition for national magazines. An avid cyclist and (one-time) triathlete, he's a Michigan native.

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