We’ve seen movies, commercials, TV shows, that show the hero getting in shape by running up a flight of stairs. But, that’s not just for a bit of drama. Running stairs is a great way to get in shape! But, not only is the weather not always conducive to running stairs, finding a flight of stairs near home isn’t always practical either. That’s why Stepmills, also known as Steppers, were invented.
Unlike running stairs, a stepper or stepmill allows you to “dial in” the level of resistance you want, giving you the freedom to choose how difficult you want your workout to be. But, what is the difference between a stepmill vs. a stepper? A stepmill can basically be thought of as a treadmill, but rather than having a revolving belt, it has revolving steps. In comparison, a stepper looks more like an elliptical trainer, but instead of the foot pads moving fore & aft, they move up and down. Both work the same muscles and offer the same benefits. It’s more a matter of preference as to whether you want to walk on stairs or pads.
Stepmill or Stepper Benefits
- It’s Low Impact – Using a stepmill or a stepper has much less impact on your body than running on a treadmill. When running, the high impact of running, thanks to the force of your feet hitting the ground, can over time – cause strain on your knee. With a stepper or stepmill, not only do you decrease your foot impact drastically, since you’re forced to move at s slower pace, you may actually burn more calories than walking while still getting an effective cardio workout.
- It’s a great calorie burner! – As mentioned above, the climbing effort burns more calories than walking on a flat surface. As each step forces you to lift your body, that takes more effort than just moving it forward. And, this also means that if you’re pressed for time, to burn the same calories, it takes less time than a treadmill – so you get the same fat burning effect in less time.
- Great for toning your lower body! – That same lifting motion works your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves to a much higher degree than a treadmill. And, you also build up lean muscle without bulking up, so for women, you get a great shape to your lower body whlie burning fat!
- The fitness benefits are real-world benefits! – Using a stepmill or stepper to workout will help you train your core, not to mention hike and climb more efficiently. You’ll also increases your stamina and endurance.
At Fitness 4 Home Superstore, we carry Stepmills and Steppers from the top fitness equipment brands. Stop into any of our three Phoenix-area locations and check out our selection today!