Marcus: I tried explaining to a friend that the exercise I enjoy most is walking. He claims it doesn’t do anything and doesn’t even use that many muscles. I get something out of it. What muscles does walking work?
Megan: Walking is a good workout that targets the cardiovascular system as well as the muscles of the upper leg. The quadriceps are the biggest leg muscles and help lift the leg then push it forward to take steps. On the back of the leg, walking uses the hamstrings which like their location, move the leg backwards. Even the stomach is working when walking because they contract as the body moves forward as the hip flexors are attached to the obliques. Furthermore, the pelvis helps with stabilization using all of the abdominal muscles and even the spinal muscles because the core wraps around the back of the body too. Calf muscles are hard at work too. The calves and feet bear the impact of walking serving as the foundation that gives the legs the strength to make the initial step happen.