If you insist upon personally owning the latest and greatest workout equipment for every form of workout you plan to do, working out at home can be just as costly as joining a gym.

however, you already most likely have areas of your home that can help in your workouts at no extra cost.

 

For example, If you have a staircase in your home, you can enjoy a serious strength training and cardio workout. A recent search for “home stair workout ideas” on YouTube returned 5,272 results. This means you can watch others workout on their home staircases to give you some ideas about how to use your stairs for exercise.

The easiest way is to simply use the bottom step in an up-and-down running-in-place workout. Stand in front of the first step of your staircase. With feet about shoulder width apart, step your left foot onto the first step. Then place your right foot onto the first step. Return your left foot back to the starting position, followed by your right. Slowly increase the speed and repeat. Work up to a slow running speed, and go for 3 to 5 minutes.

Try an inclined press. You are going to do a push-up, but really crank up the muscle resistance. Once again, start at the bottom of your staircase. Place your feet toes down on your second step. This adds more resistance to a traditional push-up, since your feet are raised. Place your hands palm down at the foot of your landing, and do as many inclined push-ups as you can.

Stand at the bottom of your stairs. Keeping your left foot on the landing before your staircase, step up with your right foot and place it on the edge of the third step. Lean forward, bending your knee as much as possible. Pause, and return to the starting position. Perform 10 to 15 repetitions with each leg.

Lying on your back at the foot of the stairs, place your heels on the second step. This is going to work your core, as it adds more resistance to the traditional crunch or sit-up. With your hands beside your head, slowly raise your back off of the floor. Compress your abdominals, pause at the top, and return your starting position. Perform 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions.


 

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