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Stair Workout: Step up to Fitness

  By posted Apr 12th 2013
Diet & Fitness

 

 

Stair Workout: Step up to Fitness

What if we tell you about calorie burning equipment which comes free of cost and is available everywhere! Yes, your stairway can actually help 135 pound person to burn 8 calories per minute. Isn’t that amazing!

If you take these steps regularly you can pump up your cardiovascular fitness and strength.

Climbing stairs is like aerobics. It gives your circulation system and your heart a vigorous workout. It improves the strength in your legs and gives you stamina to walk.
You can start with 25 steps and gradually increase your climb every day. This is excluding your daily office regime.

Do not slouch when climbing, nor can you use the railing. Keep your back erect and bend it a little forward from your hips.

Try climbing two steps at a time. It is a very good exercise for your quadriceps and buttocks. This exercise can be problematic for ones with knee problems.

We know you enjoy going down the stairs than climbing up. And you know what! It’s a superb exercise. It tones your quadriceps and hamstrings. But remember do not put a lot of pressure or strain on your knees while going down. You can be at a risk of a sore knee.

You can try alternate stepping at a moderate pace with brief intervals at a faster pace. It can break the monotony and also strengthen your thigh muscles.

Every gym has a step up machine, try spending some time on it if you don’t get time to walk up the stairs at home or office.

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