Stair Climbing for Weight Loss
Stair Climbing May Cause Weight Loss
My goal has been stair climbing for weight loss, and I’m ready to try. I mean it’s easy enough, right?. It’s definitely now at the top of my list of favorite exercises. I love lifting weights. Weightlifting has helped so much in easing my Fibromyalgia flair ups. But lately, I’ve been doing a ton of cardio while still incorporating weights. I kept in mind that once I started the stairclimber, I would want to share with others. I figured I couldn’t be the only one terrified of this machine.
It’s a love hate relationship
The gym I go to just got a stair climber and I was so excited. It’s a community gym, so it’s not a big gym but I love it. I thought to myself, “ok, all these years I’ve avoided this machine like the plague… but I lift weights now, so I totally got this!”. The stairclimber is known for being the best machine for cardio and weight loss. So, I was so pumped and ready to start really torching some calories. At this point, I’m loving the machine and can’t wait so I walk towards it with all the confidence. Then… (3 minutes later…), it happened. The stupid machine was at level 1 and I was so out of breath I thought my heart was going to come out of my chest. What was I thinking? Thought bubble – (dammit! You stupid machine!), as I walk away after wiping it down and acting like it was just a warm-up. I headed over to my safe space and started lifting weights.
Stair Climbing for Weight Loss: Day 1
So, I go back the next day feeling defeated, but I’ve never let that stop me from accomplishing my goals. I make a goal for myself of 30 minutes on the stairclimber and the level can be at the lowest (1). On day 2, I was able to go for 5 minutes. I skipped a day and the next time was 10 minutes long. Now it’s taken a couple weeks of just getting to 20 minutes but yesterday I hit my goal of 30 minutes!
What to expect
I read that I would sweat quite a bit on this machine, but I never anticipated to create an ocean wave of sweat. I started wearing a cotton t-shirt over my workout clothes to help soak up the sweat, and it has really worked for me. Also, taking a towel is necessary because you’ll end up feeling like you’re on a slip-n-slide. If you have any tips I would love to know what they are! Just drop a comment below!
The scary part
I’m trying to lose weight but it’s not my priority. My priority is being as healthy as I can be physically and mentally. I’m going to be completely transparent and say that it really worried me that my heart, felt so weak. My body could have kept going but my heart felt like it was going to explode out of my chest. Heart health is so much more important to me than how my butt looks. This is the message I hope to convey to women about living a well-balanced healthy lifestyle.
(pre) – Gym Prep
I cannot eat before going to the gym in the morning. I’ve tried different breakfasts from simple to complex. I’ve done it and it just makes me feel sick. So I’ll have my morning coffee, (my meditation time) and make sure I visit the royal restroom before leaving the house. After the gym, I have my protein shake that I have made in advance, and I feel great and energized.
Let me start with yes, you will absolutely lose weight climbing every day for 30 minutes, and a proper diet. The amount of calories I burned was awesome. My body started to change which really felt nice because I stopped obsessing over the scale. You will definitely feel the difference. Always remember to switch up your return. Plateauing can put a damper on your motivation.
I have no interest in working out on the stairclimber for more than 30 minutes. The goal would be to do different moves and speeds on the stairclimber. For example: skipping a step and lifting my leg back with each step. Finally, working out at different speeds, such as intervals would be the greatest goal. I’m constantly switching up what I do in the gym depending on my mood, and which body parts are not sore. I tend to plateau easily and switching it up takes my mind off doing it for weight loss. I’m currently committing to a minimum of 1 hour but no more than 2 hours exercising. Sometimes walking slow on the treadmill for an hour while I watch my favorite YouTube videos is enough for me to feel recharged.
The moral of this story is to do it for your heart and mental health. Your butt will eventually catch up (laughing in my mind).