ACE-certified trainer Rachel MacPherson, BA, CPT, recommends lunges to help with weight loss. You can do them by just stepping one foot forward and then stepping it back to the starting position, or make it harder by doing walking lunges.
"Walking lunges use unilateral training to increase your heart rate and increase metabolism for weight loss. The continuous walking motion used for walking lunges makes them more of an efficient fat burner than regular lunges," Rachel said.
- Stand upright, feet together, with 10-pound dumbbells at your side. Take a controlled step forward with your left leg, lowering your hips toward the floor by bending both knees to 90-degree angles. Your back knee should point toward but not touch the ground, and your front knee should be directly over your ankle.
- Press your left heel into the ground, and push off with your right foot to bring your right leg forward, stepping with control into a lunge on the other side.
- This completes one rep.