Side Lunge

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Your legs are vital to what you do during a day. Every time you get out of a chair, your legs provide the effort. Dr. Brett McIff with the Utah Department of Health says legs are key to maintaining your balance as you move, especially on slippery surfaces. Even when you do an upper body movement, the legs stabilize your body. Strengthen those legs by doing a side lunge. A side lunge engages all of the muscles in the glutes, quads, and hamstrings.

Holding on to a desk or other stable surface, step to the side about 1-2 feet. Place your weight on that leg, and lower your hips toward the ground. Make sure you are sitting back a bit, keeping your knee from going past your toes. Go only as far as you are comfortable, if it hurts don’t go so far. Return to the start position by driving through the heel, engaging your hips to push back to the beginning. Repeat this on each side 8-12 repetitions, 1-3 sets.