We hear you: sometimes, going to the gym just sucks. So what do you do when you know you need to work out, but you just don’t want to deal with the travel and the crowds? Find a set of stairs, and have some fun with our 15-Minute Stair Workout. All you need is a pair of sneakers and a good plan!
Here’s one of our favorite stair workouts. It’s quick, tough, and will challenge you in unique ways. Use a set of stairs that has at least 10 steps. (More is better.) Perform each exercise for 3-5 sets. Rest as much as you need, but remember that limiting rest helps increase your heart rate so you can burn more cals!
If you’re newer to fitness, some of these exercises may seem a little scary or difficult. We only ask that you try! After that, do what you can.
2Stair run 3-5 sets
Run up the stairs 5 times. Try to go faster each time. Run or walk down.
3Stair squat hop 5 sets
Stand at the bottom of the stairs with your legs hip-width apart. Squat down. When you come out of the squat position. Jump up to the next step. When you land, squat down as far as you can. Continue to squat and jump to the top of the stairs. Run or walk down.
If this is too difficult or scary, jump to the first stair and step down.
4Stair side step 3-6 sets
Stand at the bottom with your right side facing the stairs. Bend your legs so you're in a half squat position. Step sideways up one stair with your right leg. Stay in a squat position. Bring your left foot up to meet your right. When your left foot lands, step up again with your right foot. Continue in this fashion until you reach the top. Run or walk down. Switch your lead leg each set.
5Stair glute raise 3-5 sets
Stand facing the stair with your feet hip-width apart. Step up with your right leg. Squeeze your left glute and bring your left leg up and out behind you. Hold for a beat or two. Bring your left down and then step up with your left foot to the next step. Repeat until you're all the way up the stairs. Run or walk down.
6Stair push-up 3-5 sets
Stand at the foot of the stairs. Walk with your hands up the stairs until you're in a push-up position. Do 5-10 push-ups. Walk your feet up to your hands, and then walk your hands back out until you're in a push-up position. Do 5-10 push ups. Keep going until you reach the top of the stairs. Run or walk down.
If push-ups are difficult for you, do fewer of them.
7Stair crawl 3-5 sets
For this exercise, you'll need a little bravery. Start at the top of the stairs on your knees. Walk your hands down the stairs. When your hands get far enough ahead, start moving your feet. Crawl down the stairs slowly and with control. Your shoulders and abs will get a great workout. Run back up.