What benefits do other types of lunges offer?
There are many ways and variations in which you can perform lunges. A few of the easy ones are:
- Standing tall with your feet hip-width distance apart.
- Take a wide step out to the right. Bend your right knee as you push your hips back.
- Push off with your right leg to return to the standing position.
- Perform 10 to 15 lunges on the left side before switching to the right.
Side lunges strengthen your side to side movements and help develop balance and stability. They work your inner and outer thighs. Targeting your quadriceps, hips, and legs at a slightly different angle allows these muscles to work differently than other types of lunges.
- Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. You can place your hands on your hips or at your sides.
- Slightly lean forward and take a step forward with your right leg. Put all your weight on your right heel.
- Bend your right knee at a 90-degree angle and lower down into a lunge position. Staying on your left leg’s toes.
- Repeat the same movement with your left leg without moving your right leg.
- Alternate legs as you walk forward.
- You can do 10 to 15 repetitions on each leg and repeat with two to three sets.
The walking lunges help strengthen your core (belly), hips, and glutes. They improve overall stability, increase your range of motion, and help to improve your functional everyday movements. They also reduce a few inch at your hips.
To make walking lunges more challenging, consider adding weights or a torso twist.
If you are keen on performing other variations of lunges and have additional concerns, do not hesitate to ask a fitness expert. They can recommend the type most appropriate for you and help you avoid injuries by observing your posture while performing the lunges.