I did 50 walks every day for a week – this is what happened to my legs

If you’ve ever followed a fitness program that included leg exercises, you’ve almost certainly performed a lunge. It’s a “leg day” staple and admirably adaptable. I’ve found it to be a very effective movement for building leg strength, but when my editor challenged me to do 50 walks every day for a week, my first thought was, “But my house isn’t that big.” Of course I could have simply left the house and moved to the park, but the weather has been terrible and nobody likes to be laughed at. that a lot. The beach would have been ideal, but I live many, many kilometers from the coast – and no one likes to be laughed at that a lot. So I did the pacing at home, back and forth, like a security guard trying to brighten up his day.

What is a walking lunge?

The lunge in all its variations exercises almost all the major muscles of the lower body, and the walking version also adds cardio. In the basic movement, you take a step forward with one leg, bend both knees and create 90-degree angles with your legs, return to the starting position and repeat or switch legs. It primarily targets the quadriceps and glutes, but also the hamstrings, hip flexors and calves. To do it correctly, you also need to use your core muscles to stay upright. With the walking version, you rush and move forward, which is harder than it sounds and more efficient than it looks.

How to do a walking lunge

illo about a woman doing walking lunges

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  • Stand tall with your feet shoulder width apart. You can place your hands on your hips or let them hang by your sides. There’s a good chance you’ll need them for balance at some point, swinging them frantically or touching a nearby wall.
  • Brace your glutes and step forward and slightly out (as in, not directly over the knee) your right foot, landing heel first (this helps protect your knee).
  • Keep your body upright as you bend your knees to create right angles with both legs. Don’t let the front knee slide out past the toes and make sure the back knee doesn’t hit the ground.
  • Drive off with your right heel and bring your left foot forward. Repeat the movement with the left leg to continue. Look, you’re walking! And plunge! Aim for 20 to start and see how you feel. If you suffer from knee pain, check with your doctor before trying this move, as it really puts those hard-working joints through their paces.

I did 50 (or more!) walks every day for a week, and here’s what I learned

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