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Difference Between Lunges and Squats

Difference Between Lunges and Squats

Lunges and squats are performed to help strengthen and tone your muscles; however, if you want to shed some weight off your thighs and buttocks then cardiovascular exercises like jogging, cycling, and swimming should also be performed with lunges and squats. Although don’t start to indulge yourself in these exercises before you consult a fitness trainer or a physician.

If you feel that there’s some weight stuck down in your thighs and buttocks area that makes your lower body look disproportionate in comparison to your upper body as if you were standing in front of some messed up funny mirror, or if you feel that your legs tire up sooner than you would expect them to as you’ve only just walked from your bedroom to the kitchen but feel like having climbed an uphill terrain, then those lower body muscles of yours need to get in shape.

So much weariness without having to do a thing raises fingers at those weak and bulking leg muscles of yours that are feeling victimized in carrying your upper body weight around with almost no strength of their own. Difficulty in walking, frequent pain in knee joints, and feeling fatigued for no reason are sure shot signs of weak lower body muscles that need some toning and getting into shape.

Both lunges and squats are some of the best exercises for your lower back, especially for those air balloons lookalike thighs and buttocks of yours. Since they target the same muscle group, people end up doing either one of the two. However, both the exercises are different from each other and should be performed in tandem, though never in the same workout, as it will put too much pressure on your muscles.

Continue reading to know about the difference between lunges and squats and how to perform them. 


To correctly perform a lunge, stand in a split stance placing your right leg forward and the left one backward. Now slowly bend your right knee and lower into the lunge, keeping your left leg locked. If it starts to hurt either of the knees, ease out a little on the exercise; lest you snap that knee right out. Your right knee should make an angle of 90 degrees. Now come back to the original stance. Repeat this 10-12 times with your right knee forward until you move on to doing it by placing your left leg forward.

Also, lunges are more difficult to perform and more than 20 lunges a day will cause agonizing pain the next morning, even to the perfectionists. Doing lunges on a regular basis will not only help in toning and strengthening your hip, thighs, and buttocks muscles, but also help in improving your body posture. 


To correctly perform a squat, stand with your feet apart from the width of your shoulders with toes at a 45-degree angle. Bend your knees a little and start to lower your body as if you were about to sit on a chair till your thighs are parallel to the floor. Hold the position for a few seconds until you back up to your starting position.

Don’t lower it so much that you fall flat on your bums and end up giving yourself a hip injury. Don’t extend your knees in front of your toes by knowingly or unknowingly trying to sit in a forward position as it will put immense pressure on your knees and may cause even an injury.

Try to sit down in a straight position rather than forward or backward. Also, squats are easier to perform than lunges. Many exercising enthusiasts easily do at least 50 squats in a day.  Doing squats on a regular basis will help strengthening your bones, ligaments, tendons, hamstrings, and will also help your lower back get into shape.

You’re already feeling the pulse racing in your lower body by imagining yourself in those pair of jeans that never fit and never having to feel the need for a foot massage every time you have to walk, aren’t you? Now that you know the difference between lunges and squats, perform them on alternate days to avoid further trouble. Go get fit!

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