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Using a Stairstepper to Build Killer Abs


If you are apple shaped or pear shaped then there is no better remedy for getting rid of all that weight then to get on the stair stepper for twenty minutes every day.



To some the stairstepper machine may seem old school especially because it has been replaced by the elliptical traine that also exercises the top part of the body. However not all people want to build muscles on the top half of their body . That is where using the stairstepper rather than the elliptical trainer becomes a big must. In fact the stair stepper might be a better option than an ellipitical trainer if you really need to focus more on the lower body, the belly or the hips.



Although the stairstepper is considered is hard on the joints compared to an elliptical trainer, it is still, in general categorized as a low impact form of exercise that does not affect the knees and ankles and hips as much as running up and down a flight a stairs or jogging or running would.



Most stairsteppers also have settings that can allow you to choose whether you want a low impact work out or a much more challenging one. The stair stepper is also easier on the hips because the natural climbing motion of the machine cushions the stepping.



If you use a stairstepper you will see results on your glute muscles and quadriceps unless you sabotage yourself by putting your weight on the handrails. Many people using a stair stepper do this unconsciously, especially if they are fataibued. To avoid displacing your weight on the handrails avoid gripping them unless you absolutely must.



To get the ultimate benefits of stair stepping many trainers advise using the three-minute approach. Set the machine at level 1 and exercise for three minutes. After that three minutes is up set the machine at level 2 and exercise at that level for three minutes. Most machines have five levels which means that it would take you fifteen minutes to get to level five. This helps you really peel off the pounds.



Aerobic activity is also a fantastic stress reliever.  Stair stepping cannot only help you to maintain your overall fitness but it can also help you have a mind that remains stress free.



If you do have problem with your knees  stair stepping is not really recommended. An elliptical trainer is probably better for you as it causes less joint stress.


Should You Get An Elliptical Trainer

Elliptical trainers can be very efficient when it comes to helping you lose weight. These wonderful work out machiens are a cross between a bicycle, treadmill and stair climber and you can easily burn 500 calories in about forty minutes.



The problem with treadmills and stationary bicycles is that they only exercise the lower part of the body. One of the major benefits of using an elliptical trainer is that it allows ou to exercise the upper body and the lower body at the same time.  Most trainers come with ski pole like attachments that help you give your entire arm a workout. Many people vary which muscles are used by placing their hands in different positons on the ski pole part of the handle bars.



Working out on a elliptical trainer is a chance to improve your heart. The more your heart is worked the stronger it gets. This helps reduce your risk of getting a heart tattck, heart disease or a stroke. You can really reduce your risk of a heart attack.



Raising your heart rate by working on an ellipitical trainer can also help increase yoru metalbolism and speed up  your heart rate. Elevating these two physical factors is one sure way to peel off the pounds. Once you have raised your heart rate by working out for twenty minutes on the elliptical trainer you will continue to burn calories more efficiently for horus afterwards.


Elliptical exercise requires little skill. You simply put your feet into the foot pedals and begin pedaling, as your hands hold onto the moving handlebars. When you stop pedaling, the machine stops, too!



Most decent elliptical workout equipment comes with preset programs from which you can choose a workout routine. You can also adjust the incline level to increase the intensity of your workouts.



In addition to reducing your chance of heart problems and helping you shed those extra inches, elliptical training also strengthens and tones muscles in your legs and arms. The back and abdominal muscles also become stronger. You look better and you feel better!



You do not have to take much time out of your day to start seeing results on your body. Just twenty minutes a day on an elliptical trainer can help get you get back in wonderful shape.  You can simply hop on the trainer and keep on using it while watching television. Many elliptical trainers also have work out programs built right in!