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Running Stairs: The Best Butt Toning Exercise

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A toned butt is something you'll be grateful for if you ever have to wear anything tight or clingy that will showcase the shape of your behind. Running stairs is an efficient way to come closer to your goal of toning your buttocks because it is a great cardio workout. Stair running has long been a popular workout due not only to its effectiveness, but also because of its cheapness. You don't need any expensive equipment, a gym membership, or an exercise class to pencil into your weekly schedule. All you need is a good pair of sneakers and you're all good to go.


Running stairs is a popular way of toning the butt is because of how versatile this exercise is. It can be done both indoors and outside. No matter what the weather's like, you can always find a set of stairs. During the summer, you can treat yourself to running stairs at a local school's bleachers or you could just as easily go to your local park to see if it has any sets of stairs. If the weather is lousy or if you don't feel like venturing out, you can run the stairs inside your own apartment building or those inside your office building during your lunch break!

Be Realistic

When you're running stairs, do not underestimate the work that you will be required to put in. It's a whole lot different than running a flat ground, which is why it makes for such an effective workout. Be prepared for a high heart rate, especially if you do the exercise continuously for it to be a true cardio workout, and expect to work up a sweat. Even if you limit your time running stairs to what may seem like a short time--say, 15 to 20 minutes--it is not going to be easy. If you have ever observed athletes running the stairs in the bleachers--up and down, row after row--you know their pained expressions mean they are feeling the burn.

Proper Technique

Proper technique is important in running stairs so you get the best benefits possible. Unless the stairs you are running on are too wide apart, you want to run the stairs by stepping on every other one. Move your whole body, not just your legs when you take the stairs. Use your thighs and don't flex your legs fully as you run the stairs, so that you don't put that much pressure on your knees. Finally, run by stepping off on your toes, not your heels.

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