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Exercise Video

Lunges target your lower body and core. There are many variations of this exercise, so you can do it with your hands on your hips, with hand-held weights, or even against a wall.To avoid injury, be sure to keep your shoulders down and your shoulder blades slightly contracted.

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1

Stand up straight, with your legs hipwidth apart. Place your hands on your hips and step forward with your left foot. (You can set yourself up parallel to a wall for additional support.)

 Step 2

Lower body by bending your knees, focusing on keeping your back knee pointed toward the ground while your upper body stays in an upright position. Return to starting position. Switch sides after repetitions on the first side are complete and repeat the same steps. For a more advanced exercise, hold a weight while performing lunges.