Lunges are considered a heavy basic exercise for the lower body. But by practicing them, you get many significant benefits:
1. Body coordination will improve, the ability to keep balance
Lunges are a one-sided exercise, the left and right sides of your body are worked out separately. They require good joint mobility, the ability to maintain balance, and for this, the main muscle groups are involved. Regular exercise will improve posture, balance, and help manage back pain.
2. The process of losing weight will be faster
During the exercise, large muscle groups in the lower body will work in an enhanced mode, due to which fat deposits will “melt” and muscle mass will increase more actively. In addition, a good practice of lunges will increase the rate of "burning" fat at rest.
3. Flexibility will increase
Many exercises ignore the lower body flexors. Lunges while walking increase the flexibility of the hip flexor muscles, which often become tight due to a sedentary lifestyle.
4. Buttocks will become stronger and rounded
Paradoxically, the gluteal muscles are among the most neglected during fitness. When some people train them hard to “pump up” the buttocks, others completely forget about them.
Meanwhile, the strength, mobility and speed of a person depends on the quality of the gluteal muscles, they also need to be trained to reduce back pain. Weak gluteal muscles force the back muscles to overstrain, hence the appearance of pain. Exercise lunges "pumps" the right muscles and maintains the beauty of the body and health in order.
5. Form muscle symmetry
Many athletes face such a problem as muscle asymmetry. For others, it goes unnoticed for many years. Performing unilateral exercises, including lunges, can increase muscle strength in a weaker part of the body (arm, leg) and reduce asymmetry.
6. Strengthen the health of the spine
Regular practice of lunges provides strength and stability to the spine, making the body flexible.
Doing lunges, squats, and planks can help prevent back pain and improve posture, according to Harvard Medical School.