Exercise of the day: Lunges
Lunges are perfect for strengthening your legs and buttocks. You don’t need any equipment and you can do them anywhere. The faster you do them, the more cardiovascular (good for your heart and lungs) the exercise is. Or you can do them slowly, pause at the bottom or hold weights in each hand to build muscle strength.
How to do a lunge:
Stand upright with your feet pointing straight forward, back straight, chest up, shoulders down and abdominals contracted. Breath in and take a large step forward with your right leg. Bend both knees to 90°, lowering your left knee towards the floor (keeping right foot flat on the floor and left heel lifted). Keep your torso upright and front knee directly over the ankle (not with your knee overshooting toes or knee leaning to the left or right).
Breath out and, using mainly the heel of your right foot, push up, straighten your legs and come back to a standing position. Repeat on the other side.
Give them a go and start working towards buns of steel 😉
Safety tip: Be careful if you have any knee or leg joint problems, as lunges may not be suitable for you. If you feel pain in your joints or muscles at any time, stop immediately.