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View stairs as a workout tool rather than an unwelcome way to get from here to there.
Going to school can take up a great many hours of your day, which might leave exercise at the bottom of your to-do list. You don't have to choose your education over your physical fitness, however. Take advantage of the stairs on campus to squeeze in a bit of exercise during your school day. If you walk the stairs often enough, in addition to eating low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods, you might just lose a few pounds.1.
Map out the routes you take during your school day. Take note of any stairs in the buildings where you attend class. If you attend college, include dorm building stairs, too.2.
Make an effort to seek out staircases rather than relying on elevators. Walk up or down the stairs whenever possible to help burn calories, as well as tone your lower body. Even the stairs leading up to the building are better than nothing.3.
Find a staircase, such as the steps in a gymnasium or on a track field, and walk up and down them several times a day. A staircase in a dorm room will work, too, especially if the weather is rainy, snowy, windy or cold. Walk your chosen staircase five or six times between classes, and you'll be getting a decent workout. Repeat the activity several times during the day, and you won't even need to find a long stretch of time to dedicate to exercising.
- You don't need to walk up and down the stairs many times to reap the health benefits of the exercise. Walking up and down five to 10 times in 15 minutes is a good goal when you're just starting, according to the American Council on Exercise.
- Once you perfect your walking stairs technique, consider running the stairs. You'll burn even more calories, which can help you reach your goal weight more quickly.
- If you live on campus, don't walk the stairs in empty buildings by yourself, especially at night after the campus has closed for the day, because it isn't always safe.
- Wear proper shoes to walk the stairs. Wearing shoes with a heel or shoes that have no support or grip can increase your risk of injury.
- If you're new to using stairs as an exercise tool, don't try to run until you've mastered walking the stairs. This will help reduce the risk of injury, but it will also allow your body to gradually adjust to exercising.