Climbing Stairs - An Effective Fitness Activity
Most of us go out of our way to avoid stairs, but using them as part of our exercise routine is a great way to lose weight, improve our fitness and tone and strengthen problem areas, like our legs, tummy and buttocks. Stairmaster machines are among the most popular pieces of exercise equipment in gyms all over the world. These machines certainly can provide us with an outstanding workout if used properly, but as with most things in life, there is no substitute for the real thing, and climbing stairs is no exception. Climbing stairs for weight loss and fitness is great for many reasons. Here are some facts to remember.
If you are going to lose weight, you need to either burn more calories, consume fewer calories, or a combination of both. Climbing stairs is a form of aerobic exercise that is effective at burning more calories every minute as compared to jogging catalyzing your weight loss goal
Climbing stairs helps our body produce endorphins – the hormones known for creating a sense of happiness in our mind. Ultimately, whatever we do in life aims at a quest for happiness and if climbing stairs can give us the double benefit of losing weight and producing “happy hormones”, why not go for it each time there is an opportunity?
Climbing stairs is a great form of cardio exercise. While climbing stairs, you work against gravity lifting your entire body. This activity strengthens your leg muscles making it a rather strenuous exercise. Climbing stairs helps you improve your heart rate and health. The consistent movement of your legs and hips results in deeper breathing increasing your heartbeat, which leads to increased blood flow in all of your body. Another benefit of climbing stairs is that it leads to stronger joints and muscles
One Stair Vs. Two Stairs
Some believe that taking two stairs at a time helps you lose more weight. Let me tell you, it is not true. It just makes your strides longer and without making you lose any burn any extra calories than you would if you took one stair at a time. The only good thing about taking two stairs at a time is that you reach your destination faster!
Upward Vs Downward
Ever realized the reason why climbing the stairs downwards is much easier than climbing them up? It is because when you are climbing down the stairs, you are working with the gravitational force while when you are climbing up the stairs, you are working on it. And working against the gravitational force needs much more energy which naturally makes you burn more calories. For this reason, climbing down the stairs helps you burn calories but not as much as climbing makes you do.
Doctors recommend climbing stairs as an ideal way to improve your energy, develop your immune system, and lower your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease.
Free Of Cost
Climbing stairs are definitely the most convenient form of exercise which reaps great results. There is no equipment cost as well as space issues. We don’t even have to learn this exercise from any other source as we have all learnt it during our childhood. And the best part is that it burns twice as many calories as walking does.