When it comes to lower body workouts, lunges are very important. They can be done at home or in the gym and offer quick results such as toned legs, and a firm backside. While this exercise is ideal, doing it wrongly may put a strain on your knees. If you want to incorporate lunges into your routine, here are some tips on how to do it properly:
The right form
Straighten your upper body with the shoulders back and chin up. Ensure that you engage your core.
Move forward with one leg and lower your hips until the knees bend to a 90-degree angle. Ensure that the front knee stays directly above the ankle and that the other knee does not touch the floor.
Switch things up
You can make it more interesting by modifying your lunge work out. Some ideas to try include:
- A bicep curl using dumbbells as you lunge.
- Backward Lunges
- Side lunges to work the muscles on the lower body.
How to prevent injury
Lunges are vital for lower body workouts, but they can be stressful on the knees sometimes. It is better to take smaller steps if you feel pain. When you reduce your steps, you will reduce the pain and develop better alignment and strength. As time passes, you can increase your steps. Doing reverse lunges may also reduce the pain.