Monday, 17 June 2013

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 You probably didn’t know there was a right way and a wrong way to climb stairs
Most of us go out of our way to avoid stairs, so first, I will give you reasons why you should go out of your way to look for stairs, then I will tell you how to climb.

·        It is totally free and just about all of us can get access to a set of stairs.
·        It leverages gravity and the heavier we are, the harder we're forced to work and the more calories we burn.
·        It is a relatively intense exercise that quickly increases our heart rate and in doing so can greatly improve our cardiovascular fitness.
·        It helps strengthen and shape our most common problem areas like calves, thighs, buttocks and tummy.
·        It actually flattens your Belly
·        It is a very efficient way of burning maximum calories and is great for those of us with limited time to exercise.
·        It can easily be mixed with other exercises, like walking, skipping and weight training, to maximize results and stair climbing workouts are easy to build progression into.
·        It can be done by almost anyone, regardless of fitness level.
·        Because it is weight bearing, it helps build bone strength.
·        It is low impact and safe for the knees (providing correct technique is used and a preexisting condition doesn't exist)..

How to Climb

You probably didn’t know there was a right way and a wrong way to climb stairs, did you?  Typically you just put one foot on the step in front of you, lean forward on your toes, and lift the other foot off the ground to advance to the next step.  WRONG!  You will probably have knee problems if you continue climbing stairs this way.  Instead, stand up straight and push off of your instep – NOT your toes – using the larger hip and thigh muscles to lift you to the next level.  As these muscles become more accustomed to being used, they will become stronger and more supportive, and it will be much easier for you to climb stairs.  Then, skip the elevator, and climb the stairs whenever you can..  You don’t need a stairclimbing machine to get a workout if you learn to climb properly! So get to climbing peeps!

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