Most people are familiar with the movement of climbing stairs. The only difference with a staIr machine is that the stairs never stop and you have to keep going up to follow the machine.
There is a bit of technique with a stepper, but most of you will jump on it and get going.
The only difficult things are the speed, intensity and duration of the step-by-step exercise. Here are my tips on how to use it.
Tips for using a stepper
When you climb on the stepper, you might think that it is not possible to continue because your legs get tired quickly.
The key to using step machines is pace–if you try too hard or go too fast at the start.
You will have a hard time keeping up with the pace or finishing your workout. Start at a reasonable pace and keep it going until you feel comfortable.
When you feel more comfortable on the machine, you can start incorporating a few sessions. You don’t just need to work steadily on the stepper and always follow the same routine.
By changing the pace of your training on the stepper, you’ll find it easier to focus, be less likely to get bored, and see more progress in your fitness.
Keep your feet flat on the machine and stand with your back straight to maintain proper shape when on the step.
Once you are comfortable with the movement of the machine, try to minimize your use of the handrails.
This will engage the muscles further and make them work harder and, as a result, you will burn more calories through the workout.
By limiting the use of handrails, you are also engaging your body as you focus on maintaining correct posture and physical fitness.
The advantages of using a stepper
The stepper is ideal for working and toning the lower body in particular, as the movement acts on the hamstrings, quads, glutes and calf muscles.
The walking machine is a great low-impact aerobic activity that provides a good cardiovascular (CV) workout and a suitable alternative to running or jogging which can damage the joints.
Your stability and balance will probably improve because of using a stepper.
You can adjust the intensity of the workout, increasing the resistance of the machine when you want to gradually make the workout more difficult.
If you are using the machine at home, the stepper simulator is much smaller than other CV machines like treadmills or exercise bikes.