In order to live a fulfilling active life it is important to eat healthy and incorporate a physical fitness regimen into your daily activity. When doing this one of the most important parts of the body that you will need to focus on is your legs. There are a number of reasons that your legs are such a vital aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and we will discuss them below.
As with architectural design vertical structure relies heavily on the base or foundation of the building. In the case of our bodies, the legs are the foundation. The legs are responsible for maintaining your body’s vertical stance by supporting the weight of the torso, head, and upper extremities; as well as playing a pivotal role in motion.
When the legs become weak, they begin to affect the body’s ability to use proper posture, decrease balance, and increase the chances of stumbling or falling; which leads to more serious injuries. Maintaining leg strength as you age minimizes your chances of suffering from a broken hip at a critical age.
The leg muscles that encompass the knee and ankle joints are responsible for maintaining a straight two-dimensional movement that avoids bone breaks, tendon damage, cartilage loss, and a host of other joint ailments.
By maintaining good leg muscle mass and strength you strengthen these joints that are most vulnerable to injury.
Maintaining an Active Lifestyle
As a species that walks up-right, our legs are critical in movement, circulation, and maintaining everyday activities. When your legs become weak and begin to lose muscle mass, it affects circulation through two ways.
The first way in which weak legs affect circulation is through the muscle to vascular movement that occurs due to the positioning of vital arteries between layers of leg muscle. Since the arterial valves in the lower leg are a catch and release valve versus a push valve, the arteries in this portion of the leg require the muscle’s flexing movement to force blood back up to the heart. When leg muscles are weak these muscles do not flex as efficiently causing blood to pool in the legs and decreasing circulation.
The second way that weak legs affect your circulation is that when your legs feel weak you typically do less physical activity such as walking, running, or bicycling that triggers the cardiovascular system which affects heart strength and circulation.
Diseases Associated with Weak Legs
In addition to becoming less active weak leg muscles also increase your chances of heart disease, stroke, and edema. The lack of circulation that is created by insufficient leg strength leads to blood clots, and inflammation in the feet and lower leg regions. These clots can break free moving up the bloodstream to the heart, lungs, and brain creating a potentially lethal attack.
Managing your leg strength is not only vital to living a fulfilling and active lifestyle, it is critical to maintaining heart and circulatory health. Allowing your leg muscles to become weak creates a more sedentary life that that could easily lead to a life or death situation.