I’d like to say that I’m very active, but the reality is that I don’t always move as much as I should. Five days a week I’m pretty sedentary, no matter how much my fitness tracker yells at me to get going. The problem—maybe you can relate—is my job: I sit at a desk at least eight hours a day, then another hour each way during my commute. By the time I get home, all I want to do is sit down to dinner and watch TV.
In an attempt to add more movement to my day, I recently started walking up the 88 very steep stairs to my fifth-floor office. While wheezing on one of the landings, I realized there was enough space there to sneak in some strength-training moves. Lunges seemed like a smart choice.
Lunges don’t require any equipment, and they’re a great way to work your calves, glutes, hamstrings, and quads. They also help with balance and core strength. That’s pretty efficient for one basic move!
My plan was simple: I’d do as many lunges as I could every day. Here’s how it played out.