I used to hate stairs and all kinds of stair related workouts, but I’ve learned they are a great workout! They burn a ton of calories and build muscles at the same time. It’s worth trying to incorporate stairs workouts into your routine.
My Stairs Workout
It all started yesterday when I was waiting to go to water aerobics. There was nowhere to sit so I ended up standing on the stairs. Not one to just stand around, I started going up and down the half flight of stairs while we were waiting. I got a few comments how about how crazy/silly/tough/dumb I was for doing it, but I kept going. It turned out to be a more intense version of the pacing I like to do while waiting. It was – get this – relaxing.
So today I decided to use stairs as my cardio workout. Awesome idea, right? I had mentioned my desire to do cardio on stairs to Michelle, the fitness intern, and she told me to go do 10 flights up and down (which is two flights from top to bottom). So I took that advice to start my workout… and then I ran with it.
I did 10 sets up and down as quickly as I could. I don’t run stairs because I have bad knees, but I went up them quickly. I then decided to do it five more times, putting a walk down the hallway inbetween each up and down. I hit that and decided since I did it 15 times I could do it another five times.
So I did.
I went up and down the stairs here 20 times.
That is 40 flights of stairs.
In a half hour.
I remember a time at my gym last September when I was working out sporadically and then realized I had a wedding to be in and needed to get in shape. A trainer told me to go do stairs because it would work my legs and be the fastest way to get in shape. I thought he knew a few things and should listen so I tried. I got up and down the 3 flights at our gym twice. And then I quit because I couldn’t do it. I just did almost 8 times that many stairs and I feel like I could go do more if I really wanted to (I don’t).
It’s amazing how fit I am. This was a good workout, but it was also a good test of my fitness level.
I took this picture after my workout. It’s hard to tell, but I’m definitely sweaty and my legs are shaking. It was an awesome feeling.
Your Stairs Workout
You can do your own stairs workout by using stairs in your home or finding some stairs in a nearby building or gym. Simply set a time or quantity goal and get to it!
If you don’t have access to stairs or you prefer to workout on equipment, you can get affordable stair stepper machines for your home. This might actually be better because you could watch TV while doing a stepping workout – that would make it way better!
Here are a couple options under $100 from Amazon that would allow you to do a stairs workout at home:
- Non-slip surface for your stair stepping workout routine
- Adjustable for two height levels: 4″ or 6″ heights
- Compact, surprisingly versatile home fitness device
- Portable elliptical machine with built-in resistance training
- Twist stepper workout machine with handlebar and multi-function LCD computer
- Twist action works and tones buttock and leg muscles with reduced bone/joint pressure
- Adjustable stepping height; handle bar for balance
There is always a way to get in a stairs/stepping workout!
I’m not going to promise that I will always use stairs as a workout, but it is a nice option to throw into the mix of cardio choices since it is an excellent workout and can be done almost anywhere.
Have you ever utilized stairs in a pinch? Or just love doing stairs workouts?