As a busy mother or mom-to-be, you probably don’t find much time for walking and doing other kinds of exercise as you’d like. You might want to consider stair stepping, which is an excellent exercise as it burns far more calories than regular walking. This means you won’t need to find as much time to exercise effectively. Steppers have two pedals that you work up and down to simulate the movement of climbing stairs. They can provide an intense cardiovascular workout if you’re willing to work hard.
1. Core Muscle Strengthening
Stair stepping is a low-impact activity that works your glutes, hamstrings, quads, calves and hips and thus improves the strength of your leg and buttock muscles. The climbing motion also develops your core as you stabilize your body, but it does not work the upper body. Muscle toning from stair stepping can improve the appearance of your legs.
2. Calorie Burning and Weight Loss
A 125-pound person will burn around 180 calories during 30 minutes of stair stepping while a 185-pound person will burn about 266 calories. Stair stepping burns more calories than low-impact aerobics and the same as vigorous weightlifting. If you can burn more calories than you consume, then you will be able to lose weight.
3. Aerobic Exercise
Stair steppers get large muscle groups working in a rhythmic fashion. Not only will stair stepping help you lose fat, it can increase general fitness so that you have more energy and will not feel so out of breath when you are engaged in other physically-demanding activities. Aerobic exercise strengthens your heart, lowers high blood pressure, boosts the immune system and reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
4. Other Health Benefits
Because it is low impact, people with joint problems can use the stair stepper to get fit. Stair stepping can help reduce stress, because regular physical activity releases chemicals in the brain that make you feel happy and relaxed. You will sleep better after exercise, too. After pregnancy, a stepping machine is a good way to help your body return to its previous shape without too much physical impact on your body. Consult your doctor for guidance.