Want to make your workout routine fun and add variety? Try these tips:
If you have a flight of stairs at home, or near your home, you can use it to get a great workout that’ll give you shapely legs and buttocks.
Here are 3 very simple ways you can use the staircase to get a workout.
1. The Simplest Workout On The Stairs
Just run up and down the stairs for as long as you can manage. Then rest 2 to 3 minutes. Then run up and down the stairs again for as long as you can. Then rest. And repeat. Do this for 3 to 5 rounds.
If you can’t manage running yet, just walk briskly up and down the stairs.
To make this exercise harder, put a few thick books or something heavy in your backpack and wear it while you do your stair runs or walks. You’ll get to build strength – not just in your legs but all over your body.
This is great if you can’t fit a separate strength training session into your regular workout routine.
2. Still Straightforward But A Little Bit Harder
Another method is to do the same but to go up two steps with each stride on the way up. So, it’ll be harder and will get your buttocks involved more. (On the way down, just take one step at a time!)
3. Give The Stairs Workout A Twist
To transform this simple stair activity into a high intensity interval cardio and strength training workout, you can do it like this:
All you need is a backpack full of heavy stuff like thick books, sacks of potatoes, tins of food etc. Just make the backpack heavy enough to challenge you. Don’t go overboard on your first attempt, though.
Your workout will be like this:
| Warm Up
| The Main Workout
| Cool Down
This workout will take you less than 15 minutes. But it’ll be very effective.
While you do the exercise, keep your abs tight and don’t hunch. When you get stronger and fitter, increase the number of rounds you do or increase the weight in your backpack.
This is a great, yet very simple strength and cardiovascular workout in one go. Give it a try.
At the very least, this is one way to spice up your workout routine. Good luck!