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Top 5 Sports for Shapely Legs

A toned pair of legs look great but can also be super functional as well.

Running could be good way to keep your legs in shape, but if you’re looking for something more dynamic with less road pounding involved, a sport could be a fun way to burn calories while also toning your legs from top to bottom.

Here is the countdown of the top sports effective for toning and shaping your legs while at the same time making you and your whole body more functional.

5. Basketball or Netball

If you watch the NBA you know it produces some pretty buff and often tattooed up shoulders and arms.

But did you know that running around the court, jumping and changing direction is a very effective workout for your legs. Playing a game of basketball or netball will burn around 500 calories and help you develop and define calves, quads and glutes.

Since jumping on hard surfaces can be hard on your joints, make sure you always find a shoe that provides good support.

4. Tennis

From Anna Kournikova to Serena Williams, it’s clear that tennis is sure way to keep your legs toned. In fact I struggle to think of a top player, male or female without awesome legs.

The lateral movements in tennis are great for toning adductors and abductors (inner and outer thighs). You can schedule a doubles match if you want to have fun while working out, or you can also practice by yourself with a backboard. The running around, paired with the twisting motions will work out every muscle group in your legs, while burning around 500 calories per hour.

3. Biking

Stationary bikes will work, but take your workout outdoors to keep you interested and activate more stabilising muscles. Biking is an excellent way to tone all of your leg muscles at the same time, from quadriceps to hamstrings. If you’re looking for an extra challenge, try toe clips, which increase the resistance of the pedals.

Moderate cycling, can burn over 550 calories per hour if you weight around 70-80 kg.

2. Beach Volleyball

I wanted to put this sport at number one but it would look biased since it is my sport of choice to play.

A great way to work out while having fun, beach volleyball takes all the running and jumping of regular volleyball, and adds the increased difficulty of doing it on sand. It’s one of the best sports in the world for toning legs, and it can help you burn up to 500 calories in one hour. It even strengthens the muscles in the soles of your feet and because it is on sand it doesn’t have the brutal impact of hard courts.

1. Squash

I haven’t played squash in years, but without a doubt my glutes and quads are screaming the day after a game.

When it comes to indoor activities, squash is right up there one of the best sports for toning legs. I recently discovered it was rated as the healthiest sport to play by Forbes magazine, and it can help you burn a whooping 700 calories in an hour. You will get a good sweat up moving around non-stop, you’ll be working your legs to the max while toning your calves, thighs and buns.

There you have it.

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