Wow! we’re already at the middle of 2021 time flies this year! Since we’re coming back to normal, I thought I would also resume my personal monthly fitness and nutrition challenges. And since Global Running Day is June 2nd, I decided to put the emphasis on running, especially because I will be in beautiful Pennsylvania this month (Note: I am in Exeter township but the Exeter race is in New Hampshire, love virtual races!). So here are my personal fitness June 2021 challenges:
In addition, I’ve decided to also focus on stair climbing and strength training at the gym – but that is the icing on the cake for me. So happy June 2021 and don’t forget to be kind with everyone.
The health benefits of the stair climbing machine
Most people hate the stair climbing machine because it’s really hard. For years it’s been giving me a really good and efficient cardio workout, but here are a few additional benefits that add up to your 360 health fitness benefits when you actually do the work and go past the first few hours of pain and strain.
Maximizes Cardio Efforts. The stair climber is actually cardio powerhouse and more efficient (and I would argue harder) than the treadmill. Climbing stairs rapidly increases your heart rate, kickstarting your cardiovascular system right off the bat. This not only burns calories quickly, but also speeds up the oxygen intake of active muscles. This improved cardiovascular endurance will help you push further in future workouts, as well as perform prolonged day-to-day activities. These cardio-centric workouts will extend endurance and burn maximum calories in minimal time.
Increases Core Strength. Stair climber benefits extend beyond the legs—you’ll tackle your core, too. If you hold your form and stay upright, your core will stay engaged throughout the entire workout. This will strengthen your lower back and abdominals. And, the stepping motion alone engages your obliques. Keep that in mind next time you’re on the machine—or carrying groceries upstairs.
Strengthens Major Muscle Groups. Even at slow climbing speeds, the stair climber engages and strengthens most of your body’s largest muscle groups. By repeatedly using your thighs, calves, hamstrings, and glutes to lift your bodyweight, you’re effectively sculpting and toning these areas. This repetitive, step-by-step style of exercise keeps your legs moving in a complete range of motion, actively engaging your entire lower body. The resistance that comes from using your body to climb then aids in creating lean muscle tissue all over that burns more calories when you’re at rest.
Versatile and Approachable. Stair climbing is a low impact, natural movement exercise. That means it’s easy on your joints, knees, ankles, and back. This machine can be used by practically anyone at any level. Regardless of level, because of the resistance and cardio movement involved, you can expect the stair climber to be an effective two-in-one workout. Talk about time well spent.
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I come from the future. I work and I workout. Always be kind and passionate.