A multi-muscle exercise that will also improve your balance, lunges primarily work the lower body while the rotation targets your core muscles. If you haven't performed lunges on a raised platform before, start with a stair step then, as you get more fit, graduate to a park bench.
Start position: Find a stable park bench, or even a set of stairs, and stand 2 to 4 feet in front of the bench or step, arms folded in front of your chest.
Movement: Keeping your upper body erect, lift your right knee and place your right foot flat on the bench or step, moving yourself into a lunge position, keeping your right knee above your right ankle. As you are lunging, rotate your torso to the left, tightening up your obliques and abdominal muscles. Bring your upper body to center and step back to the original position and switch legs.
Perform 10 to 12 repetitions, take a 30-second break and repeat for 2 to 3 sets.
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