Step Ups at Home

Home Step Up ExerciseThis test is part of the home fitness program, fitness you can do at home with minimal equipment.

Equipment Required: a simple step, chair or ledge that is found around the home. Optional: buckets

Technique

  1. Stand just in front of the step, with your feet about shoulder-width apart. You can place your arms down by your sides or on your hips, whichever is more comfortable.
  2. Step up onto the step with one leg in a steady and controlled motion, pulling yourself up onto the step.
  3. Pause momentarily with both feet up on the step
  4. Step down off the step with your opposite foot and then follow with the other foot, returning to the starting position.
  5. Repeat this action, alternating the leading leg each time.
  6. Repeat for a total of 10 to 20 times per leg.

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If you are new to exercise, consider getting a medical assessment before doing too much. Fill out a PARQ to see if you are ready. The best thing you could do is perform a warm-up before each fitness session, which should include some stretching. When training, following correct exercise technique can help reduce injuries and maximise fitness gains.

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