Stairclimbers: Stepping Up to Fitness
Why Buy a Stairclimber?
Advantages and Disadvantages
Investigating Your Options
Programs and Intensities
- Heart rate monitoring
- Towel and water bottle holders
- Magazine/book rack
Using Stairclimbers Properly
- Think posture perfect. Lean forward slightly while keeping your abdominal muscles contracted. But do not use your arms to support your body and do not hang over the handrails. You will decrease the amount of calories you burn as well as set yourself up for injury.
- Position your feet. Many people tend to step on their tip-toes. Instead, keep your heels flat and let them ride naturally. Just keep your knees relaxed at all times.
- Float through the pedals. Use a smooth pedal motion as you step, no halting the top or bottom of the pedal stroke.
- Think light. If you are new to stairclimbing, start with a small amount of resistance. If you use too much, you risk injuring or discouraging yourself.
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Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine http://casem-acmse.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/23/2014 -
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