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Step Ups Exercise

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Step-up exercise is one easy solution to tone up the body and lose weight effectively, without the sit-ups and pushups.

Step Up Exercise Tip: Always remember to make complete contact between the entire sole of the foot and the platform. Never stay on your toes, while your leg is up on the step box.

Step up exercise is a great way to boost your heart beat and shed those extra kilos. As your body paces up and down, the heart pumps more blood into the body that leads to the usage of excess body fat. As the fat gets consumed, you lose weight.

Alternative: Stairclimber

Stairmasters and other stairclimbing machines provide an aerobic conditioning workout and are also excellent calorie burners, making them ideal for weight loss. Leaning on the handlebars excessively lowers your heart rate and reduces that fat burning potential of the exercise. Stairclimbers effectively target the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.

Speed control buttons allow you to increase and decrease the intensity at any time during your workout. With over a dozen levels of difficulty, anyone from beginner to expert can use a stairclimber. There are several different workout programs, from a basic manual program to challenging hill and interval courses. The user friendly console provides feedback and motivates you by displaying workout statistics including time, calories burned, miles traveled, floors climbed, step rate, relative intensity (METs) and power output (watts).

In addition, many stairclimbers provide Polar Heart Rate monitor compatibility. Stairclimbing is a very safe non-impact workout, although it may aggravate knee pain in those with pre-existing problems. The elliptical machine would be a better choice if you are nursing a knee injury.

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