Including Lunges to Your Interval Training Routine

If you are looking to get the most out of your workout, you are probably considering adding interval training to your workout regimen.  Not only is interval training a more effective way to get into shape than doing straight cardio the entire time, it can also reduce the total amount of time you have to spend working out each week  In addition, you can throw in a variety of different weight training exercises to help add variety and to improve the overall effectiveness of your workout.  One of the exercises you might want to consider including as part of your interval training is the lunge.

The Benefits of Lunges

Although lunges can be a bit exhausting to perform, they do offer a number of benefits.  Some of these include:

·    Works out the quadriceps, the hamstrings and the glutes, which helps you develop nicer looking legs and a nicer look posterior
·    Helps to improve your balance and your overall stability
·    Burns more calories than many other weight training exercises because it works the large muscles
·    Strengthens your knees
·    Improves your posture

As an added benefit, you don’t have to purchase any type of special equipment to perform lunges.  Not only does this save on your pocketbook, it also makes it possible for you to perform the exercise nearly anywhere you go!

Exploring Different Types of Lunges

Depending upon your fitness level, there are several different variations on the lunge that you might want to explore.  Some of these include:

·    The Standing Lunge – involves alternating each leg or working on just one leg at a time
·    Lunging on an Incline – involves using a bench while performing the exercise
·    Weighted Lunge – involves using a barbell or dumbbells to increase the amount of resistance
·    Walking Lunge – involves walking while taking lunge steps

Regardless of the type of lunge you choose to perform, it is essential for you to make certain you are using the proper technique.  For example, you need to keep your back straight, to avoid leaning forward and to never extend your knee beyond your toes. It is also important to note that you do not need to add weights while doing lunges, and that it is probably best to avoid using weights if you are just starting out.  Rather, focus on getting the right form down before adding any other variations.