Exercises at Home

THE LUNGE

You don’t need a gym membership or expensive gym equipment at home to give your body a good workout. Lunges are a fantastic exercise that don’t require equipment or weights. By using your own body weight, you can give your quadriceps and glutes a great workout, increase your metabolic rate, and be on your way to lean and toned legs in time for summer!

To carry out a lunge correctly, keep your upper body straight with your shoulders back and relaxed. Keep looking straight ahead. If it helps, pick a point on the wall in front of you to stare at. This will also help with your balance. Step forward with one leg and lower your body down until both of your knees are bent at a 90° angle. Keep the weight on the front foot and make sure that your front knee is directly above your ankle – never let the knee go past the toes! Keeping the weight in your heel, push back up to the starting position. To breathe correctly during the exercise, inhale whilst lowering the body down, and exhale when coming up to the starting position. Do 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions on each side. Once you are comfortable with the exercise, try kicking it up a notch with walking lunges or a reverse lunge (stepping backwards rather than forwards) to further challenge your balance.

Good luck and enjoy your new legs!

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