Tag Archives: cardio workout

illustration of woman running up stairs

Running stairs – a cardio workout which shapes your butt

illustration of woman running up stairs
Exercises: Legs, butt & cardio

Walking stairs instead of taking the elevator is step one to achieving an active lifestyle. When you feel comfortable walking up stairs it’s time to kick it up a notch and start sprinting up stairs.

The awesome thing about running stairs is that it’s a very effective cardiovascular workout and you can quickly raise your pulse. If you put your mind to it you will have your heart racing in just a few floors. This is also the kind f exercise which really burns calories and if your goal is a well toned butt then this is the exercise for you.

If the stairs are of normal size you should step on every stair. Lift your knees up high and keep a high pitched pace. The main thing about running stairs is that you run on your toes and not your heels. Make sure you push off with all muscles in your lower body; calves, thighs and butt. Don’t just let your knees do the work. Also get your arms involved and swing them back and forth when running, don’t shrug. Focus on keeping a high pace, this will get your heart pumping and you’ll improve your conditioning level.

Once you have mastered running on every stair you can try to only step on every other stair.

Something to keep in mind is that running stairs puts a lot of stress on your knees and lower body, so stop if you exercise pain.

Don’t walk up stairs, RUN!

Sorry no illustration today! I’m currently working on the last pieces of the script for the Nano Workout book, which is due in a couple of weeks. But once that is done I’m back in full speed.

Today’s message is: Run up stairs, don’t just walk. And for an extra intense experience run with high knees.

You can’t get a much more intense workout than running in stairs at high pace, even if it’s just a few floors. What’s also great is that with this kind of intense interval exercise your body will continue to burn calories even when you have reached your floor.