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8 ways to climb stairs

8 ways to climb stairs – The ultimate collection of stair climbing exercises

In celebration of the new Nano Workouts tagline – Always the stairs, I assembled a collection of some more spicy ways to climb stairs. There are plenty of ways to climb stairs and if I left any out then please share them in the comments section at the end of the post.

8 ways to climb stairs

The ultimate guide to climbing stairs

Maybe the most cardio intense way you can climb a stair is to run it. Try to keep your legs high and maintain a high pace. An alternative way of you have long legs is to take several steps at a time.

This is a rather time consuming way to climb stairs but quite a pulse raiser. Keep your feet parallel feet and jump one or several steps at a time. There are several ways to jump up stairs but one thing they have in common is that you need to be careful so you don’t fall and get hurt.

Calf raises
A you are walking up the stairs, place your feet on the edge of each step and push yourself up with your calves.

Crouched walk
Try to maintain a continuous low center of gravity and crouch down as you are climbing the stairs. This on work well both when for up and down.

Long steps
Try to take as long steps as you possibly can. It’s quite straining on your thighs when you have to lift yourself up from a low position.

Move up and down stairs sideways by crossing one leg in front of the other and altering which leg is in front. This method also targets the muscles on the outside of your legs.

Monkey crawl
We’ve all been kids once and then we loved running up and down stairs on all four. Now that we are a bit older it just seem stupid, but if you are in the privacy of your home and have a stair available then why not give it a go. The really advanced version is to also climb down the stairs on all four, but be careful you don’t get hurt.

Walk to toes
This is one of my favourites because it comes very natural and is also discreet, so you can do it in public. Tense your calves and make sure you are only moving up and down stairs without letting your heel touch the ground.

no more esclalators

Always the stairs – the new tagline

Recently I updated the Nano Workouts tagline to Always the stairs. The reasoning behind Always the stairs is to communicate a mindset, rather than a single approach to the perfect body. If you always chose the stairs to the elevator/escalator you not only get a ton more exercise than if you took the passive approach, but you also tell yourself that you are an awesome person who no matter what will not take the easy approach.

I live on the 5th floor and the office where I work is also on the 5th floor. Just to make the math easy we can say that there are 15 steps to each floor (actually there are more). By just leaving my home in the morning, going to work and getting back home again will add up to 109.500 steps a year. Imagine walking up that many steps! It almost seems like an impossible task but if made a part of your everyday lifestyle they’re suddenly done without even thinking about it.

If you now apply this to more activities you will rack up your workout minutes to some seriously impressive numbers. For instance by doing an easy exercise while brushing your teeth twice a day, will add up to more than 24h of exercise in a year.

I hope you follow my train of thoughts and will also make it a habit to leave the elevator to those with a weaker attitude.

no more esclalators

Always The Stairs, is the new tagline for Nano Workouts.