Adding a twist to your lunge will activate more muscles within the core, hips and thighs, build greater strength in your lower body and help improve your hip stability, balance and coordination.

Start: Stand with your feet hip width apart, holding a dumbbell in both hands firmly in front of the body. Step your left foot back until the leg fully extends and your heel is lifted off the floor. Bend your right knee and align it directly over the center of your foot. Relax the shoulders, keep elbows at your side and squeeze your shoulder blades together while bracing your abdominals. (13)Action: Lower the hips down by squeezing your butt and bending both knees until your front thigh is parallel with the floor. Twist your torso towards your right past your front thigh. As you return the dumbbell to the center push up out of the lunge and return to starting position.

Alternate legs for a total of 10 repetitions on each side.