Tuesday, August 31, 2010


From Wikipedia--Human Leg:
Although in common usage, the human leg or leg can refer to the entire lower extremity or limb[1][2] of the human body, including the foot, thigh and even the hip or gluteal region, the precise definition in human anatomy refers[3][4][5] to the section of the lower limb extending between the knee and the ankle.

Legs are used for standing, walking, jumping, running, kicking, and similar activities, and constitute a significant portion of a person's mass.

Adolescent and adult women in many Western cultures often remove the hair from their legs. Toned, tanned, shaved legs are sometimes perceived as a sign of youthfulness and are often considered attractive in these cultures.

Men generally do not shave their legs in any culture. However, leg-shaving is a generally-accepted practice in modeling. It is also fairly common in sports where the hair removal makes the athlete appreciably faster by reducing drag (physics); the most common case of this is competitive swimming. It is also practised in many other sports, in which skin injuries are common: the absence of grown hair makes nicks, scratches and bruises heal faster because of the reduced microbial population on shaved skin.
Legs are often used metaphorically in many cultures to indicate either strength or mobility
Bones of the Leg
The website goes into detail about the  muscles structure, nerves, etc. Here is a simplified version of the leg muscles.

Types of legs?

How about these muscled soccer legs. Defined quads, rounded calves.

Dancer's legs. Usually long and lean. Not as defined, but there is no fat jiggling around.

Gymnasts. I always picture them shorter (maybe because they are all so young) with thick defined muscles from top to bottom. Even the ankles seem thick and flow into the calf muscle smoothly.

Chicken legs. I couldn't resist.

What do we need to add? Feel free to comment on how you would describe these legs and I'll add it to the main post.

I stopped looking for pictures because, um, well, there were body parts that didn't fit into the category showing. Parts that I WILL NOT be covering on my blog if you know what I mean.

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