Another ‘hidden’ piece of fitness equipment you probably have in your own home or nearby public space – the stairs.
Whether you walk, run or jump your way to the top, you’d be surprised at just how effective stair workouts can be. They quickly get your heart pumping so are great for building cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength – and are a functional movement that we use in everyday life too!
Climbing stairs, like most jumping exercises, is known as a ‘plyometric’ exercise. This means it fires up the large muscles in your legs – glutes, quadriceps and calves – in fast, explosive movements. Strong muscles in the legs, bum and hip area are essential for all sorts of activities from walking to running and cycling, so the benefits of stair workouts can be felt in multiple ways.
If you haven’t used stairs in your workouts before, it’s important to build a solid foundation to get used to the movement, coordination and balance.
Try these fun exercise variations to get the blood pumping:
- Walk up and down the stairs three to five times at a moderate to fast pace. Take a break when you need to, and repeat three times (or more if you want!)
- Jump or hop on each step to the top, and walk back down. If you hop, change legs on the next ascent.
- Run up the stairs as fast as you can, and walk back down. Repeat three to five times (or more if you want to!)
- Miss a step and take a wider stance to the top, before walking back down.