The major health benefits of lunges and how to do them effectively



a person riding a skateboard up the side of a tree: Lunges are a very beneficial exercise for your health. Maria Fuchs/Getty Images


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Lunges are a very beneficial exercise for your health. Maria Fuchs/Getty Images

  • The benefits of lunges include a stronger lower body and core, as well as improved balance and flexibility. 
  • In addition to basic forward lunges, there are many lunge modifications that can target specific leg or core muscles, such as curtsy lunges, reverse lunges, side lunges, and twist lunges. 
  • To achieve the health benefits and reduce your risk for injury, it’s important to do all your lunges with proper form. 
  • This article was medically reviewed by Joey Thurman, CSCS, CPT, FNS, a Chicago-based fitness expert and MYX Fitness coach.
  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

A lunge is an excellent body-weight training exercise that can help you with your overall health and athletic performance. Specifically, lunges are a popular exercise because they can improve strength, flexibility, and balance. 

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