Use This Trick to Step Your Cardio Up a Notch

I’m inclined to let you in on a little secret, stepping up your run can be done with a few simple changes to your routine…

inclines force your body to recruit different muscles than it uses during standard floor exercises, which results in improved balance, a tighter butt and stronger abs and thighs. Plus, climbing 55 flights of stairs per week has been shown to help you live longer. Adding a stair stepping element to your workout has been shown to improve HDL levels, too.

Here are some great incline exercises to add to your training routine:

Stair step: Use the pyramid technique to get started:
Do a period of low intensity followed by a shorter interval of high intensity before dropping back to the lower intensity.

lunge on a step:
stand in front of a flight of stairs. Then, lunge forward by placing your loot atop the first or second step, bending at the knee so your thigh is parallel to the ground. Then return to the starting position.

Squat on a step:
stand sideways next to the steps. Squat down as you place one foot atop the second step. Raise your arms as you push off and straighten your leg on the ground before returning to the squat position

Skip steps:
By now, you know you should take the stairs instead of the elevator during your travels. To get an extra kick, take the stairs two at u time. Focus on pushing with your hamstrings and glutes to get the maximum benefits.

Go down the stairs: Walking down stairs or downhill can reduce your blood sugar and LDL levels.
Be sure to pay attention to your hips, knees and ankles when you add an incline element to your workout, as stair climbing does add extra pressure to the knees and Joints.
Don’t forget to use the handrails to help you balance.

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