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The stair workout is one of those all-time classics that never gets old. No matter how many times I do them, I am always panting for air after (and during). They are great for the lungs and our overall health. You can use them several different ways:
- Use the 15 minute stair workout as its own workout for the day.
- Use the quick stair workout as a warm-up to your normal routine.
- Add the stair exercises in between sets to your normal workout routine.
- Finish off with the stairs to use up all of your pent up energy.
However you do decide to use them, here are some quick tips before starting:
- Be soft on the knees. Land silently on the toes to prevent injuries. If you have knee problems, keep your feet as low to the ground as possible to limit impacts.
- Do these in athletic position. Here is athletic positioning from Stack.com if you need a reminder of what that is. Don’t let the knees go in front of the toes!
- Use your arms. What? Yes, your arms. Your whole body should be involved in this, including your arms and core.
Perform each exercise for one minute. You have time for a five second break in between stair exercises if you want it. (If I were you, I’d skip that break and go all out!) Watch the video, and if you want any tips, take a look down below for each exercise.
Normal Stair Run
This is the warm-up, so don’t get cocky. If you aren’t loose, start at 25%. Then move up to 50% and work your way up to 100%. Remember to keep those feet soft and quiet while going up the stairs.
I actually really enjoy this one. It is a little difficult to explain, but really you are just walking up the stairs, except you are stepping twice with each step. Hopefully that makes sense. Take a look at the video if you want further clarification. On the second step, you should power yourself up. This should make all of your steps “taps” rather than hard steps.
I know, I know, it looks a little funny. I think I missed a few steps in the video, as well. I was getting a little ahead of myself. Remember to use the arms, because this is a full body workout.
One Leg Hops
My one piece of advice for this one: be soft. Knees are not easily fixed. If you want, you can even walk down the stairs normal, but go up on one foot. You should feel it in your core if you are going at full speed.
I like to add some mental toughness into my workouts. This one takes some focus, as you have to really think about what you’re doing. If you are having trouble getting into a rhythm, try counting 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3 as you step, it will help.
Use your core! Go straight up the stairs and not side to side for this one.
Again, this one will work your mind as well as you body. Do your best to get the rhythm down before going at full speed.
Try to stay low to the ground, and get as many steps in as you can. I goof up on these all the time.
High Knee Tap-ups
Power your knees up to your chest, or close to it. Don’t over-arch your back to do this, however. Stay straight up.
Side-to-Side Two-Legged Hops
Now you can go side to side. Go as far as you can to the side. If you don’t have a lot of room on the sides, work with what you can.
Two-Legged Skip Hops
Pretty simple. Hop up as far as you can without hurting yourself. (Or hurt yourself and learn from it, which is what I like to do!)
Stay straight with your whole body, and don’t let your upper torso turn towards the top of the stairs.
Only do these going up the stairs. If you do them down the stairs, your knees start to cave in too far, and your heels catch the stairs. It is also very dangerous, so I highly recommend walking down the stairs.
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-Hamstring Stretches for Knee Problems