I have a love-hate relationship with my stairs workout. I LOVE the way I feel after running stairs. I love the way my butt and legs start to look when I’m consistent. I HATE how it feels when I’m doing it. And I’m sure if I could see myself in a mirror I would hate how I look when I’m doing it too. I don’t know why I’m smiling in that picture. It must have been after one of my rests. Picture a woman with a determined look on her face, staring upwards at her goal, then sprinting fiercely and effortlessly up 300 steps… This is not me. I’m hot, sweaty, swearing, agitated… But afterwards euphoria rushes over me. I did it!
Here is my stairs workout routine. I go a bit slower then I did pre-pregnancy but that’s okay. Its a killer! This goes without saying, but if your pregnant be mindful of how your body is feeling and LISTEN when it’s telling you to slow down. Rest. Go a bit slower. If you feel dizzy or nauseous – STOP! But there are many myths surrounding pregnancy and exercise, including that your heart rate can’t go above 140 bpm. Big fat myth. So don’t be afraid to push yourself either.
I’m lucky to have 300 steps in total to work with. Most people won’t have access to a set of stairs this long, so adjust for what you have available.
Sprint first 100 steps. Short rest.
Jog remaining 200 steps. Return to the bottom.
Walk full 300 steps. Rest until breath is recovered. Return to the bottom.
I do this twice, which totals four trips up the stairs, 1200 steps in total. Pretty good, hey? For a pregnant lady. ;) My friend Rebecca has just challenged me on Facebook to beat her 1530 steps so I’ll see how I’m feeling next week.
I would recommend a good stretch after and maybe even a salt bath. My calves are aching today!!