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Nervous about baring your legs? See if you know which leg exercises will sculpt and tone your legs by summer.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What causes legs and ankles to swell?

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The correct answer is: Edema, swelling of the feet, ankles and legs, is caused by excess fluid retention. This could just be due to sitting or standing in one place too long or eating too much salt, or it could be a sign of something more serious, such as heart failure, liver disease or kidney disease.

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Which of the following garnishes can help get rid of your cankles?

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The correct answer is: Eating parsley can help draw the salt from your system, helping to reduce the swelling in your ankles.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

An airplane ride can cause swelling in the feet, ankles and lower legs. How can you keep this from happening on your next trip?

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The correct answer is: Developing mild swelling in the feet, ankles and lower legs is an unfortunate side effect of long trips. Ditch the swelling by taking restroom breaks, trying in-seat exercises such as wiggling the feet and drinking water instead of alcohol.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these kitchen staples can give you smoother legs?

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The correct answer is: Out of lotion? Look no further than your kitchen. Smooth on a little olive oil after a bath or shower to seal in the moisture your skin has just absorbed. Afraid of smelling like a salad? Try safflower oil, which is high in linoleic acid, a fatty acid found in your skin that keeps in the moisture. Safflower oil is colorless, cheap and odor-free. It's safe enough for sensitive skin, and is even massaged into the skin of newborn babies at some hospitals.

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How often should you change your razor blade if you shave your legs?

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The correct answer is: Changing your razor blade at least once a week will help you avoid razor burn when shaving your legs. Other tips: shave toward the end of your shower after your skin has softened from the heat, use a shaving cream or gel, go slowly and don’t push into your skin, and don’t go over the same area twice.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What percentage of women suffer from varicose veins?

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The correct answer is: More than half of Americans 50 and older have varicose veins.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these actions can help prevent spider veins?

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The correct answer is: Even though not all varicose and spider veins can be avoided, all of the above may help reduce your chances of getting varicose and spider veins. Wearing sunscreen can help you avoid spider veins on your face.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can help prevent cellulite from building up on your thighs?

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The correct answer is: Nothing is worse than thighs that look like a little cottage cheese. Prevent cellulite with papaya, which is full of vitamin C and helps with the production of collagen. Collagen makes up our skin's structural framework and can help prevent wrinkles and cellulite from forming.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these shoes can build up your calf muscles?

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The correct answer is: Women who wear high heels have larger calves because their leg muscles have to work harder. Wearing high heels also causes the calf muscle to shorten and the Achilles tendon to thicken and become less flexible, leading to pain when you wear other shoes.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

How often should you perform strength training with your legs?

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The correct answer is: Studies show that strength training 2 to 3 times a week gives the best strengthening and toning results.

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True or false: It's good for your leg muscles to work them out on consecutive days.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You should always allow 24 to 48 hours between sessions that work the same muscle groups. Your muscles need time to rest and recuperate before you exercise them again.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Lunges sculpt and tone legs. What's the proper way to perform a forward lunge?

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The correct answer is: To avoid putting stress on your knees, it's important to learn the proper lunging technique. Make sure your knees never go forward past your toes.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What is another name for deposits of fat on the outer thigh?

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The correct answer is: Saddle bags, long the bane of women's existence, make their home on the upper-outer thigh.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What exercise firms your thighs and butt?

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The correct answer is: You can firm your inner and outer thighs, as well as your fanny, by doing squats. You can practice squats by using a chair. First, sit all the way down in the chair and stand back up. Next, don't sit all the way down, barely touching the chair's seat before standing back up. Lose the chair once you're comfortable with the movement. Just keep your feet shoulder-width apart and your back straight. Bend your knees and lower your rear as if you were sitting down in a chair, keeping your knees over your ankles.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can lose those saddlebags by simply doing squats.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While building muscle will make your thighs look firmer, it won't melt away saddlebags. To do that, you have to burn fat all over your body, which means smaller-portioned meals and more physical activity.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What's a unique way to sculpt legs?

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The correct answer is: Walking backwards will challenge muscles that you don't normally use, toning your legs. You can also reverse your motion on a stationary bike or elliptical machine.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

When should you stretch your legs?

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The correct answer is: Stretching before your workout will help you prevent injury. After your workout is an ideal time to stretch to increase flexibility because your muscles are warm and pliable.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

How long should you hold leg stretches?

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The correct answer is: You should hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds to relax and elongate muscles.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these will increase flexibility and reduce the risk of injury in your legs?

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The correct answer is: A foam roller is a piece of exercise equipment shaped like a long cylinder. You can reduce muscle tension by rolling your muscles over the foam roller.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How can you avoid shin splints during a run?

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The correct answer is: To keep shin splints from getting in the way of a good run, always wear running shoes that are properly fitted for your feet. Also, increasing flexibility with foam rolling and stretching can also help prevent shin splits.

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