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How Do I Stop My Legs from Getting Bigger when I Exercise?

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How Do I Stop My Legs from Getting Bigger when I Exercise?

I want to exercise and lose weight, but my calves get thicker when I exercise, what should I do?

1. There are three possible reasons for thicker calves:

  • Muscles are stimulated by stress after exercise, resulting in the thickening of muscle fibers;
  • Failure to perform targeted relaxation of the muscles after exercise;
  • Incorrect exercise posture.

2. When you go from a small amount of exercise to a large amount of exercise, the muscle fibers will thicken to meet greater challenges, which is a normal physiological process. If you did not go to increase the amount of exercise and your calves become thicker, then you need to consider whether it is the latter two reasons.

3. For the thickening of the calf caused by not developing the habit of muscle relaxation, you need to perform targeted static stretching after exercise and stretch all the muscles that mainly exert force. Because the muscle contracts repeatedly during exercise, making it in a state of contracture. If there is no stretching habit after exercise will make contracture the norm and appear thick in appearance. So you need to use targeted stretching to help it return to its normal length, which has two effects quick recovery and shaping, making the muscle line look slender.

4. Here are 4 practical thighs and calf stretches for you:

How Do I Stop My Legs from Getting Bigger when I Exercise?

Front Thigh Stretch

  • Standing position, holding the left hand at the left ankle, with the toes hooked up close to the calf;
  • Left leg completely relaxed, bring the left knee close to the right knee while keeping the body balanced and feel a tightness in the front of the thigh;
  • Keeping the body upright while stretching, without leaning forward/backward and with the left shoulder relaxed;
  • Hold for 20-30s/side, 1-2 sets.
  • If you are unsteady, you can hold the door frame and other fixed objects to help your body stabilize.

Back Thigh Stretch

  • Standing ready, straighten your left foot half a step forward;
  • Hook your toes back, and bend your right knee slightly;
  • Place the left hand above the left knee and pull the left toe with the right hand as close to the front of the calf as possible;
  • Don’t bend your lower back too much, if you find it difficult to stretch, put your right hand on your left hand;
  • Move your hips back as you stretch;
  • 20-30 seconds/side, 1-2 sets.

Calf Stretch

  • Place the forefoot of the left foot on the wall or step;
  • Keep the body pressed against the wall in a straight line and feel the calf being stretched;
  • 20-30 seconds/side, 1-2 sets.

Inner Thigh Stretch

  • Squat down with the right leg, straighten and open the left leg; let the right knee and the toes of the left foot be in a straight line, and the soles of the feet touch the ground;
  • Put your hands in front of your body to lightly support your body;
  • Press your hips down and back, feeling the inner thighs stretch;
  • 20-30 seconds/side, 1-2 sets.

How Do I Stop My Legs from Getting Bigger when I Exercise?

5. Also be careful to always pay attention to the precision of the movement during the stretch to avoid unnecessary muscle involvement that could affect the stretching effect.

6. Hold each part for 30 seconds, stretching until you feel a slight tightness, and keep breathing smoothly while stretching. This is to target the muscles for stretching while being able to complete the stretching action safely and easily.

7. For incorrect exercise posture, you need to pay attention to putting the quality of movement first and mastering the correct technical movements rather than the number of repetitions and weight. You can use videos, photos, personal trainers, peers, etc. to get instant feedback and constant correction to improve the quality of movement.

8. You can also seek professional sports rehabilitation institutions to analyze the problems with the body’s posture or movement patterns in both static and dynamic and conduct corrective training to restore correct body alignment and movement patterns. Keep in mind that “wrong movements repeated 100 times are useless and can lead to injury”.

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