Cardio of the week…

Step up!

I’m sure you are all aware that stepping up stairs is rather taxing and is obviously a great form of cardio (assuming you don’t have leg pain that is bothered by the action). Start including some form of stair stepping into your cardio program. Here are some ways to do it and tips to make it more effective.

Stairs are personally my favorite form of cardio. I use a Stepmill (rolling stairs- not Stairmaster which has the two pedals that you push down on). I like it because the range of motion is very natural and I’m not locked into a range of motion like ellipticals, arc trainers, and stationary bicycles. It is also very “brainless”. Turn it on and keep stepping! Of all the cardio equipment the Stepmill will have me sweating the most, case and point.

If you do not have access to a Stepmill use a Stairmaster.

A member of my fitness center gave me this little tip. If you work in a tall building, start taking the elevator to a floor below the one you work at and walk the rest of the way. Every week she starts from a lower floor!

The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests climbing steps two at a time and alternating feet. Their study found that people move faster and use more power thus burning more calories in the process.

-Josh

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