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Climbing stairs builds muscle and burns calories.
To get a flat stomach, you need to get rid of your belly fat. You can't isolate the fat you burn -- to lose your belly fat, you have to lose fat all over. That happens when you burn more calories than you consume. Stair climbing is a calorie-blasting cardio exercise that can be an integral part of achieving a flat stomach. Do stair climbing workouts regularly as part of a complete exercise regimen to get results.
According to fitness expert Cedric Bryant of the American Council of Exercise, stair climbing at a moderate intensity burns about 5 calories a minute for a person weighing 120 pounds and 9 for someone who weighs 180 pounds. Stair climbing burns more calories than jogging and cycling. The more calories you burn, the more fat you burn. If you burn more calories than you eat each day, you're shedding stomach fat for a flat tummy.
Boost Your Metabolism
The more muscle weight on your body, the faster your metabolism, or the more calories you burn. The faster your metabolism is, the easier you can lose excess weight and keep it off. Stair climbing builds the glutes, hamstrings, quads, hip flexors and calf muscles. Since you work so many muscle groups at once, stair climbing builds a lot of muscle mass, so you burn lots of calories while doing them and burn more calories in the long term.
Best Stair Climbing Workout
High intensity interval training is the best type of cardio workout for burning fat because it torches the most calories and builds more muscle mass. That's because it involves doing bursts of vigorous activity at or close to your maximum exertion level. Alternate between walking up the stairs for five to seven minutes and sprinting up the stairs for 30 to 60 seconds. You'll burn more calories than if you go at a steady pace, and work your muscles harder.
Strength train your abs by doing crunches, holding a plank position and doing other ab exercises. Defined muscle will start showing through as your fat melts away, so your stomach can start looking better sooner. To flatten your tummy faster, strength train all of your muscles at least twice a week. You'll build more muscle mass and shed more fat. Switch out stair climbing with other cardio workouts, like running, kickboxing and spinning to work different muscles on different days.
Warm up before you work out, and cool down and stretch afterward to avoid injuries. If you have weak knee joints, climbing stairs isn't high-impact, but running downstairs does put a lot of weight on your knees. Avoid going downstairs by using a stair climbing machine or climbing the stairs of a building and taking the elevator down.