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These 5 mistakes while doing walking lunges could be keeping you from gaining muscle

Updated on:20 December 2020, 11:02am IST
Doing a walking lunge is the best way to maintain your body weight. The question is are you doing it the right way?
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Fix these mistakes to ensure walking lunges are making you lose weight. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

If you’ve been working out with the goal of losing weight, you already know the importance of functional training. In fact, it is believed that functional training is easily the most effective way to lose weight.

When it comes to functional training, walking lunges are perfect to take you closer to your goal because they hit all the muscle groups and help you tone up.

The thing with walking lunges is that we often end up doing them wrong, causing injuries and muscle issues. In fact, it can lead to serious complications like ligament tear and ankle displacement. The only way to perform walking lunges the right way is to know what the common mistakes are so that you can avoid them.

Here are 5 of the most common mistakes people usually make while doing a walking lunge:
1. Not taking big steps

Every lunge matters. Your steps need to be big enough for your muscles to feel the heat. To measure your steps, just ensure that you’re maintaining your balance.

2. Not keeping your knee in line with your ankle

This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make! Hence, they aren’t able to pull off a walking lunge. You need to ensure that your knee and your ankle are in a straight line while you lunge. Not making sure of this can put excessive pressure on your knee or ankle, leading to injury.

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Begin your muscle gain journey with walking lunges exercise.
3. Doing the exercise too fast

They are called walking lunges for a reason. Hence, there’s no reason to be too fast when you’re doing them. If you try to speed up walking lunges then there are higher chances of you getting into an incorrect stance. It simply won’t be effective and can also cause injury.

4. Incorrect posture

Having a hunched back, not keeping your posterior pushed out, not keeping your chest upright, and not looking straight are errors that are common when performing a walking lunge. But, you need to avoid these in order to see the results you want.

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5. Not engaging your core

If you don’t engage your core, there are two things that will happen:

i) You will lose your balance
ii) The impact your exercise will reduce
So, there’s no point of doing walking lunges if you fail to engage your core.

Ladies, do your walking lunges right and see the weighing scale show numbers you’ve been working hard for!

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.