Stopping by to WELCOME you to Your Quickfire Challenge Team and to Congratulate you for adding One more tool to your belt!
You have chosen to be part of a New and Radically different SparkPeople Team Approach. So happy to have you part of this Special Fitness Team to help You Achieve Your Goals!
Please check in daily for your "Quickfire Challenge Of The Day" found on the QFC Team Front Page under "QuickFire Challenge Of The Day Forum" - listed by date. When you get time, please review the "General Team Discussion Forum." Also, check in on the Announcement Tab for all New and Relevant Team Information.
Have a GREAT journey... and remember to eliminate excuses that keep you from attaining your goals and you WILL get there, One QuickFire Challenge A Day.
Keep Sparking! =0) Kelli, Wendy and Mic!
Nike ~ "If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you'd be back by now."
"Others aren't staring at you. They're thinking how they should be running, too."
"Someone who is busier than you is running right now."
"The road to hell is paved with couches."
"It's easier to sleep than run. That's why sleeping isn't an Olympic sport."
Why the reverse lunge vs. the forward lunge?
The forward lunge itself is a great exercise for women. It works nearly every major muscle group in the lower part of the body. Plus, it improves flexibility in the hip flexors, which can become tight during aerobic exercise, which could pull your spine out of alignment thereby increasing your risk of back injury. When done properly, the lunge is safe for joints, it is back friendly, it burns maximum calories for the energy expended, it promotes lean muscle tone, and it works!
But the safest and most effective variation of lunging is the reverse lunge. When you reverse your lunge, the effects on the muscles are the same, but less stress is placed on the knees because they cannot extend beyond the toes. And by taking a step backwards instead of forwards, it is easier to maintain balance because your weight is primarily centered upon your forward leg, which remains stationary. The main purpose of the reverse lunge is to develop the quadriceps and hamstring muscles in the thighs and to shape the glutes.