Lunges are an important exercise when you are working out your lower body. They can be done anywhere and help you form shapely legs and a backside.
However, it is important to do a lunge properly to avoid putting unnecessary strain on your joints.
Some people avoid lunges altogether because they cause knee pain, but done correctly, lunges can actually help stabilise the muscles that support the knee, alleviating knee pain in the long run.
Start in a standing position with feet hip width apart.
Take a step forward then lower your back knee to the ground, so both knees are at ninety degrees.
Pause for two seconds then, driving through your front heel, push yourself back to start.
Lunges dos and don’ts
Do: All these things help you with your balance and stop you from wobbling.
- Take a large step forward
- Keep your body upright throughout
- Keep your core engaged and your back straight.
- Keep your feet hip-width apart throughout.
Don’t: Avoiding these common mistakes will help you avoid injury
- Let your knee go over your toes during the lunge
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- Let your rear knee touch the ground
- Lean backwards or forwards during the lunge
- Continue if you notice any pain