Taking the stairs

Most underrated and nonchalant exercise ever ! 

Taking the stairs 

Taking the stairs is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is a low-impact form of exercise that can help to improve cardiovascular health, strengthen the muscles in your legs and lower body, and increase bone density. In addition, walking up and down stairs can help to improve balance and coordination, and it can be a good way to burn calories and lose weight. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator can also be a convenient way to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, especially if you work in a building with multiple floors. Finally, taking the stairs can be a more environmentally friendly option, as it can help to reduce energy consumption compared to using an elevator or escalator. 

Taking the stairs is important because it provides numerous orthopaedic benefits.

  1. Increases muscle strength: Using the stairs regularly helps to strengthen the muscles in the legs, especially the quadriceps and gluteus muscles. This can help to improve balance, stability, and overall physical function.
  2. Improves cardiovascular health: Stair climbing is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that can help to improve blood circulation and increase heart rate. This can lead to a stronger heart and improved overall cardiovascular health.
  3. Improves bone density: Regular stair climbing can help to increase bone density, which can reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
  4. Improves balance and coordination: Climbing stairs requires coordination and balance, which can help to improve these skills over time. This can help to reduce the risk of falls, especially in older adults.
  5. Helps with weight loss: Stair climbing is a great way to burn calories and can help with weight loss. It is a low-impact exercise that can be done by people of all fitness levels.

Stairs can also be utilized for exercising, we all have stairs in or around our house so here are some exercises you can practice if you feel lazy or can’t make time to head to the gym but still want to get in a workout. 

  1. Step ups: Stand in front of a stair or step and place one foot on the step. Step up onto the step with the other foot and then step back down with the first foot. Repeat on the other side.
  2. Stair lunges: Stand at the bottom of a staircase and take a large step forward with one foot, lowering your body down until your back knee almost touches the ground. Push back up to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
  3. Stair hops: Stand at the bottom of a staircase and jump up one step at a time, alternating legs each time.
  4. Stair sprints: Run up and down a staircase as fast as you can, taking two steps at a time.
  5. Stair push ups: Place your hands on the edge of a step or stair and do a push up, keeping your body straight and feet on the ground.
  6. Stair squats: Stand in front of a staircase and place your feet shoulder width apart. Squat down as if you were sitting on a chair, making sure your knees do not go past your toes. Stand back up and repeat.

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