“Always take the stairs” is an age-old adage aimed to make every day active. I suggest we take that notion one step further and always consider a stair workout when seeking a quick and effective sweat. The case for incorporating stair workouts into your regular routine, or making it a new habit with friends is pretty strong. Running stairs is free, great for building all-over lower body strength and tone (hello booty), and can burn 2x the fat that running does. Read on for the workout, tips to get your best sweat and links to what we’re wearing!
TIPS FOR A GREAT STAIR WORKOUT
- The longer the stairs the better the workout. While you can technically hit as many steps on a shorter staircase by doing more repetitions, you’ll be best served finding the most lengthly staircase possible. Part of the joy of a stair workout is achieving that point of muscular and cardiovascular fatigue, which comes when you’re ascending 70 steps or more. We like using the sports stadiums at our local public high schools or colleges, and have even found great long staircases tucked in neighborhoods.
- Keep your hands free. Resist the urge to hold your phone/music device in hand during this workout. Each movement will be more powerful if you can pump your arms and use them as balance aides. With all workouts, it’s best to carry your phone in an armband or belt so you can brace yourself in case you suddenly lose your footing!
- Opt for high compression clothes. Male or female, your goods will bounce all around during a stair workout if you don’t have on some good compression shorts or a high-support sports bra. ‘Nuff said.
- Focus on form – specifically upright back and high knees. The best way to protect your knees and maximize your workout is to prioritize proper form over speed. Over time, your good form will be a contributing factor to increased speed, so be patient when starting out.
- Bring a friend and high-five often. We’re very serious about this one. Stairs are hard, especially when you push yourself, so bring a friend to keep each other motivated. Give each other a high-five after completing 2 sets.
Pin or save the below graphic to use as a reference for your stair session.
WHAT WE’RE WEARING
Not all of the gear we are wearing is still in stock, in those cases I link to a similar item that will go perfectly. Hope you enjoy and sweat in style!
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(Images by Andrea Posadas for HonestlyFIT)