Exercises We Love: Side Lunge

side lungeThe side lunge does double duty for your thighs, toning both the inner and outer regions.

How it works:

Stand with your feet together and hands on your hips. With your right leg, lunge as far as you can to the right, bending your right knee and pushing your hips back as far as you can (almost like you are trying to sit down in a chair.) Your left leg should be straight and angled. Stand back up by pushing off your right heel, and bring your right leg across your body, moving it in front of your left leg as far as you can. Try to do this without touching the floor, which will help with your balance.

After the crossover, bring your right leg back into the lunge. Repeat 10-15 times, then switch legs.

 

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