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Is walking backward a way to sculpt my legs?

Resistance training in the form of lunges and squats, and certain exercise machines that allow you to perform leg raises, leg kickbacks and other specific-muscle exercises can certainly help to sculpt your legs.  Uphill walking and running can also help you to tone your calves and quadriceps muscles.  And many exercisers are crediting spinning classes with toned, firm legs.

A new study suggests that walking backward, pedaling on a stationary bicycle in reverse or going in backward motion on an elliptical are all helpful activities to sculpt your legs because they challenge your muscles to move in less traditional movements.

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