I don't know where to post this, also don't want to start new thread unnecessarily... Need your advice, please.
I remember you mentioned that you do stair climbing ...
I want to try stair climbing as a form of exercise. Don't have time to go to gym regularly and this is something I can do rain or shine and most importantly, when DS is taking aft nap.
My quest is - are there any specific warm up exercises to do?? Is the warm up ex for jogging and brisk walking applicable for this type of work out??
I definitely think that stair climbing deserves a topic on its own.
It is the most convenient exercise available to most ppl here. We're surrounded by tall blocks, after all...and weather proof too...rain, shine, when kids are in school etc. No excuses.
I usually cycle or run to the tall blocks in Marine Crescent. Then I'll do some stretching, squatting etc. Sometimes, I'll do my regular run in east coast then continue with stair climbing before cooling down. So, I guess, you can climb either after warmup, after your run/walk; just listen to you body. You can pause as and when you wish...or you can speed up, too. It's just like running where you can start slow, do a sprint etc.
You can start your quest by climbing just 25 storeys up and then take the lift down. Slowly build up your stamina till you're able to do 3 to 4 times the entire block. Break the monotony by having your ipod with ya.
You'll definitely sweat buckets..and give your heart a good work-out..not to mention a taut derriere... You burn as many calories as running.
To set a goal for yourself, consider signing up for the annual vertical marathon at swissotel...You'll be rewarded with a great view of the city and a sense of accomplishment when you're done.
My recommendation is to climb up and then come down using the lift. Climbing down the stairs is very damaging for the knees.
Have fun, autumnbronze! All you kiasuparents out here, if your kid's away in school or you wanna start exercise, give stair climbing a go!