Lunge Exercise - Lunge For Success
Lunge exercise is child's play. It is that simple! As I have said before, exercise is not a nightmare.
Steps To Doing A Proper Lunge Exercise
- Stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart. Place your hands on your hips for better balance.
- Take one big step forward with your left foot. Slowly lower your body until the angle between your thigh and calf is at 90 degrees. In other words, your left thigh would be parallel to the floor.
- Slowly lift your body and go back to the starting position by pushing through the heel of your left foot.
- Repeat this for your right leg. You have completed one set of repetitions.
- Carry out 8 more repetitions of this exercise.
Things You Need To Avoid To Prevent Injuries
- When you step forward, make sure that your foot is placed flat on the floor. If you land on your toes, it can be very painful and in some extreme cases, cause hairline fractures in the toe.
- The knee that is in front of you during the exercise should not pass your toes. The knee and foot of the front leg should be in a straight line, perpendicular to the floor.
- Do not twist your upper body or arch your back. Your posture is extremely important to prevent any back injuries.
- Check to ensure that your feet is pointing straight ahead when you do your exercise.
Sometimes, when you lose balance, your feet are either pointing inwards or outwards and this lessens the effectiveness of the lunge.
As always, keep your movements slow and controlled. This prevents injuries and gives your muscles maximum workout!
How Can You Make It Tougher?
- Carry a heavy bag! This makes your upper body heavier, increasing the intensity of your workout.
Make sure you gradually increase the weights. Do not try to be Hercules and attempt to lift huge loads the first time you add weights. Take things slowly, one step at a time.
Final Words From Azri
The lunge exercise can easily be done anywhere. You could squeeze in 8 lunges while walking from your office cubicle to the washrooms. Not only will it train your legs, but it perks you up when you feel groggy and sleepy!
Quite often, people who do know how to do this workout do so incorrectly. Therefore, they feel discouraged because they do not feel much result.
Exercise is simple, isn't it? Now stop making excuses and get moving. You'll feel great, I promise you.
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