Who doesn't want a great exercise that you can do anywhere with no equipment, uses large muscles, tones, burns fat and calories and improves balance? Look no further than lunges!
Lunges are a great and simple way to increase strength in the quads, glutes, core, lower back and improve balance. This is one exercise you should be doing on a regular basis. It helps you to run, perform better at sports, as well as daily functional exercises such as climbing stairs, standing up from a chair or the floor, and lifting objects.
Here’s how to perform a lunge properly. Standing straight, take a large step forward and bend both knees 90 degrees while keeping your shoulders over the hips and the front knee over the ankle. It’s also important to keep the weight of your body in the heel of the front foot and on the ball of your back foot. Return the front foot and repeat with the other foot. Continue this movement for 10 to 20 reps. Variations can include lunging backwards, sideways, diagonally and if your joints can take it, jumping lunges. While you are lunging, you can add upper body work into it as well, such as holding hand weights or a medicine ball and rotate, hold, or push up into a shoulder press.
Check out the video to see how it’s done-
There are many lunge variations and it’s fun to mix it up, so be sure to include some kind of lunges into your workout!
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