The kind of workouts that I like to share with you all are ones that don’t require any equipment, they are free to do and they can be adapted to suit all fitness levels. I believe that working out should be assessable to everyone, regardless of if you have a gym membership or workout equipment at home and even if you have never worked out a day in your life. There is something for everyone and I will be sharing more of that on the blog.
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This is one of my absolute favourite workouts to do, for all of the reasons mentioned above, but also because if you want to you can make it one epic workout that you will feel for the next couple of days. Another great thing is that you can do it almost anywhere. You can do it at home (providing you live in a house with stairs of course), you can find some stairs near where you live, or (and this is usually when I use this workout) if you are travelling there is most likely always a huge set of stairs somewhere (normally leading to some beautiful tourist attraction) and it makes the ideal way to stay fit whilst on holiday.
Here are the stairs that I did this workout on whilst I was in Paris last year. There were a lot of people around, but a lot of people were doing the same thing. See the woman doing press-ups going DOWN the stairs? That isn’t me, but she looked annoyed at her trainer for making her do them.
Do the above workout as many times as you like to suit your own abilities. This is just to give you an idea of how you can use stairs to get in a great workout. Make the jumps as big or as small as you like or simply just walk up and down the stairs a few times as your workout. Do it at your own level.
This workout was inspired by my challenge this week for the AXA PPP healthcare 52 Little Things challenge to take the stairs. I guess I went to the extreme a little bit with this weeks challenge by using the stairs for an entire workout, but you can start gently and just start taking the stairs more often. When I was overweight, I would ALWAYS get in the lift, even to go just one floor. When I made the decision to get healthy, I started taking the stairs more often. I started out getting the lift to one floor below where I needed to be and taking the stairs to the extra floor and gradually increased it from there. I was terrified of stairs for years as I literally thought I would die if I was going to climb up them. Which is why I am sure you can see why climbing all the way to the top of this Mayan pyramid in Mexico last year was a HUGE achievement for me.
So, take the stairs more often and use them for your workouts.
Have you ever done a stairs workout before? Have you ever climbed that many stairs like the pyramid above? Did you love it? Leave a comment below 🙂
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