Stair Climber Benefits

By Dee Dee Donato

  • Overview

    There are many options of exercise equipment available, but the stair climber is one of the best options if you are looking to enhance the lower half of your body. Your legs and backside will get an intense workout while you burn a lot of calories.
  • What is a Stair Climber?

    A stair climber is a piece of stationary exercise equipment that simulates walking up and down a stair case. When using a stair climber, you are "walking" on a never ending set of stairs while watching a monitor in front of you that marks your progress. The monitor indicates how many steps you've climbed, the amount of time you've been working out, how many calories you've burned and your heart rate.
  • Benefits of Using a Stair Climber

    Although stair climbers help the lower half of your body the most, they offer some full body health benefits. For starters, your leg muscles will get quite a workout because you are using all your leg muscles while on this machine. The muscles in your backside will benefit as well because as you move your legs up and down your buttock muscles are engaged. Because using the stair climber requires rapid up and down motions, much like an aerobic workout, you are exercising your heart muscles and raising your heart rate. Having exercise equipment in your home is always a benefit because it is easily accessible.

  • Using the Stair Climber for Maximum Benefit

    Holding on to the arms of the stair climber is great to maintain your balance, but they shouldn't be used to lean on. Leaning on the arms with your elbows and even leaning forward and grasping on to the arms prohibits you from getting the maximum health benefits. While on the stair climber, stand tall with good posture and allow your legs to do all the work. Standing tall will allow good circulation and will strengthen muscles in your stomach and back.
  • Warnings

    With all workout routines, check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine that is right for you. Be particularly careful about using the stair climber if you have high blood pressure. Additionally, check with an expert on the equipment to make sure you know how to use all the settings. Talk to someone at the gym. If you are using the machine at home, talk to the person at the store who sold it to you and be sure to review the manual. Before getting on the stair climber, make sure everything is in good working order. Just as with anything, over time, the machine may require maintenance. While on it, be sure to pay attention to what you are doing and don't over do it. Stay in your appropriate heart rate range.
  • Disadvantages of Using a Stair Climber

    While using a stair climber is mostly a positive experience, there are a few downsides. Using the equipment properly requires coordination. Getting on for the first few times may seem cumbersome. Plus, if you are the type of person that enjoys variety, the stair climber will not provide it. Time on this equipment involves repetitive movements that may get boring after awhile. Not to mention, it is a large piece of equipment that may be difficult to fit into your household.
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