Step up to fitness

Step up to fitness

Are you someone who heads straight to the lift instead of taking the stairs? Here’s why taking the stairs is good for you. Stair climbing is easy to build as a habit. It is more powerful than walking, as climbing needs more effort and more effort means more benefits. If you are unable to do the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity, you can climb stairs at different times of the day, at home, at work etc, and reach the recommended goal of 30 minutes.

Here is a guide to an effective staircase workout:

Step-up to reverse lunge

Face the stairs with your left foot on the second step and your right leg behind you on the floor. Lift your right knee to your chest, then quickly step back to the starting position.

 Step down to the floor with your left leg, positioning it behind your right, then do a lunge. Quickly step back up, left knee to chest, and return to the starting position.

Triceps stair dip

Sit on the edge of the second or third step. Pressing down on your palms, lift the rear. Extend your legs, resting your heels on the floor.

Slowly lower your rear by bending your arms at 90 degrees. Press back up to the starting position.

Skater steps

Stand on the floor facing the stairs. Place your left foot on the far-left end of the second step.

Follow with your right leg, bringing it to the far-right end of the fourth step. Continue climbing, taking the stairs two at a time while keeping your head up.

Mountain climber

Place your hands on the second step with your arms pressed into your sides, legs extended behind you, and the core engaged.

Bring your left knee to your left shoulder, then return your foot to the floor. Alternate legs, bringing your right knee to your right shoulder, then returning your foot to the floor.