Recently Dr. Oz had a show that talked about the best and the worse of things.? While all were very interesting, the one that I agree with the most is that “lunging is the best exercise”.
I always tell people that the ultimate body applicator is not a miracle product.? It works, but can only do so much.? Adding moderate exercise to your body wrapping program will only make things better.
At 41 years old I can not say that I am an exercise expert, but what I can say is that I know what works.? In all the years of trying different exercise regimens I can honestly say that when I am lunging I feel strong.? The lower I can get the better.? Give me weights to raise my arms and I am in heaven.? Of course it doesn’t start out like that.? At the beginning I am weak and the lunges hurt my knees or my lower back.? I could come up with lots of excuses as to why I can’t do them, but the reality is I CAN.
I’m not saying that you need to do 100 lunges a day.? Start small.? Do six (three on each side).? Do you have a hallway at home? Lunge down the hall way.? You have to start somewhere.? Do you have bad knees? Don’t go so low.? Take care of your body #1, but also be realistic about what you can do.? You might find that after a few weeks you will begin to crave the stretch and enjoy how strong your legs are becoming.? When you start, make sure that your knee is never beyond your toe, but over the toe.
I am currently on day 41 of 90 in the P90X plan.? Almost every work out has lunges.? Yoga especially has 40 minutes of various Warrior poses that all have holding lunges.? Yoga is as old as time so the fact that the lunge is such a core part of Yoga must mean something.
In my experience my body gets stronger all around by adding lunging to my daily routine.? So remember…start slow.? Don’t hurt yourself, but push yourself to the next level.? Just start with six, then add one every other day until you can get to the point where you can add weights and get lower.
In case you are curious about what the “Worst Exercise” was? The sit-up.? That’s right.? Stop doing hundreds of sit ups a day.? You have to find ways to diversify your core work out.? There are hundreds of alternate ways to work out your abs, but the sit-up…she’s anotta your friend.