Building thigh muscles will dramatically fight aging.

There is an inverse relationship between muscle mass and aging, in that the more muscle mass you have, the slower you will age.

The more muscle in your body, the faster your resting metabolic rate.

This means less excess fat in your body, which translates to much lower risk of many savage diseases, and that’s certainly a great way to fight aging.

To fight aging, you can take all the herbs and eat all the roots and take all the supplements you want, but without good solid muscle tissue in your thighs, your fight against aging will be limited.

Building lean muscle in the thighs will help fight off age-related disease.

One such disease is heart disease, and one of the risk factors for that is excess fat in the belly.

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Women and men both are prone to the ever-increasing belly as they get older, and this brings with it an increasing risk of serious heart disease.

Excess fat also increases risk of some cancers, and impedes mobility as time goes on. There’s no way around it: Excess fat has no virtues.

Building thighs will fight aging in that the muscles in your upper legs and buttocks are the largest in the body.

They are central headquarters for your body’s metabolic furnace.

Have you ever wondered why it is that men who have these super-big bellies often have spindly chicken legs?

And as they age, their belly gets fatter and bigger, while their legs get thinner?

How It All Works

The younger adult body naturally has more muscle, including in the legs and butt. This muscle mass requires much energy just to breathe.

  • A pound of muscle burns 30-50 calories per day.
  • If this young person does not perform weight-bearing exercise for the legs (and upper body), then beginning at around age 30, he or she will lose muscle mass, at a rate of about 5 pounds per decade.

Loss of this lean tissue means that the person’s food intake, instead of being burned off by what was once a lot of muscle, will now be stored as fat: a nasty sign of aging.

  • The muscle that used to burn the food is no longer there.
  • So the food goes straight to the belly.
  • As years go by, more muscle mass is lost in the legs.
  • More food ends up getting stored as fat.
  • Losing muscle mass means an ever-slowing resting metabolism.
  • The result? A fat belly and stick legs.

Women more often have heavy legs to go with a fat belly because of hormonal differences and body-composition differences in the genders, but I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of women with fat stomachs but scrawny arms and legs.

By building and maintaining thigh muscle mass, you can fight aging by keeping extra fat at bay, which therefore will help keep killer diseases at bay.

Building thigh mass fights aging by making you look a lot younger than you would with that fat belly and chicken legs.

Building thigh mass doesn’t mean you’ll get huge legs like a bodybuilder.

Below are great exercises for building thigh muscle: strong, lean muscle mass and the strong knee joints that come with this development.

Back Squat. Shutterstock/MilanMarkovic78


Kettlebell Squat. Shutterstock/Pressmaster


Dumbbell Squat. Shutterstock/ruigsantos


Dumbbell Split Squat. Shutterstock/Artsplav


Miscellaneous Squat


Deadlift. Shutterstock/Anatoliy Karlyuk


Leg Press. Shutterstock/Aleksey Boyko


Power Jumps. Shutterstock/G-Stock Studio

More information: deadlift, leg press and plyometrics.

Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.