We all know that to achieve those perfectly toned and cellulite-free thighs we need to put in a lot of effort, and one such effortful workout of the legs is lunges. Lunges engage the muscles of your hamstrings and simultaneously work your glutes and quadriceps. Strengthening those big muscle groups can increase your metabolism and thus, help you lose weight at a faster pace. With an adequate number of repetitions, you can not only tone your thighs but also your buttocks. When doing this exercise, you also engage your core muscles including your back and your abdominals. This exercise also helps you stretch your hip flexors, improving its flexibility and strength. Here are other exercises to lose weight from your hips, thighs and legs.
While it looks simple, many of us do not perform it the right way. There are many things to consider, like the position of your legs, hips, the bending of your knees which may also lead to injuries. In this video, fitness expert Kaizzad Capadia and founder of fitness K11 Academy narrate the dos and don’ts of lunges. He says that one major mistake made while doing lunges is that both feet do not point in the front and are mostly not in line with the hips. While the position of the legs is important, the posture of the upper body is equally essential. While bending your knee, it is important that your spine is in line with your hips and your back is straight.
Once you learn the correct way to do a lunge, you can do different variations. For example, try performing a backward or side lunge instead of a forward one. Or, do walking lunges where you take steps ahead instead of standing stationary at one point. Another way to increase the intensity of this exercise is by adding weights. Do a bicep curl while doing lunges to work on your upper body as well. Use gliding discs to perform lunges.
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Published: October 14, 2016 6:12 pm | Updated:March 22, 2017 10:49 am