A Small Change to Lunge Healthy

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Lunges have been around for a long time,

but what if I told you there’s a better way to lunge as a runner? The old form of dropping your knee to the ground is something that has been passed down by personal trainers and exercise enthusiasts for a long time. Unfortunately, it’s doing little to help your running.

In a sport where injuries are all too frequent, some research indicating upwards of 80%, runners are continuously seeking help through online searches. If anything is well documented in the running literature, it’s the role of our hips in running. Strong hips, primarily butt muscles, are crucial to preventing injury. It’s not even specific to where the injury is located.

Having trouble with your foot? Get a stronger butt. How about that creaky knee? Get a stronger butt.

The best jumping off point for foot, knee, and hip injuries (both prevention and rehab) is to strengthen the hips. That’s why I wanted to show you the video above. Making the simple change I highlight above will increase your hip/butt muscle strength in a way that can benefit your running.

While other articles will have you lunging until the cows come home, I want to spice up your lunges, tweaking them ever so slightly to cue in your butt muscles. Take a look at the video above as I show you a few ways to change your lunges for the better. This small tweak will help forge stronger hips, allowing you to stay on the road and out of the doc’s office.

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Steve Gonser PT DPT
Physical Therapist

Steve Gonser is an accomplished runner. Qualifying for the Boston Marathon in six consecutives races, completing two full Ironman events, and he even dabbled in the sport of ultramarathon. As a physical therapist in Buffalo, NY, Steve is constantly pairing his witty, somewhat sarcastic humor, with leading treatment techniques to get injured runners back on the road and performing their best. [/ezcol_3quarter]
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