The stair climber has become one of the most popular pieces of exercise equipment in both gyms and homes. Along with the stair climber's physical features of convenience including the controlled environment, water bottle holder and electronic display of data (step tracking, heart rate, time elapsed and number of burned calories), there are many health and fitness benefits that keep people climbing.
Because exercising on the stair climber involves both cardio performance and resistance movement, stair climbing combines two workouts into one reducing the amount of time spent exercising. Researchers determined that stair climbing was twice as difficult as walking briskly and 50 percent more difficult than walking up a steep incline or lifting weights. In addition, peak exertion was attained faster in stair climbing than walking or lifting weights allowing one to complete a workout faster to attain the same results. Depending upon weight, an individual can burn approximately 300 calories in 30 minutes.
Stair climbing is a natural, easy, low impact activity that is gentle on the knees, ankles and back. Although the stair climber is low impact, you do not have to sacrifice exercise intensity. The versatility of the stair climber allows even the fitness enthusiast to apply the workout to her fitness level without the risk of injury to the joints. Many motorized stair climbers feature different workout programs such as interval training, aerobic training, hills, and sprints to optimize the workout, reduce boredom.