John Mayer takes a little time away from his adorable girlfriend to get in a good workout. I am extremely pleased to see him using the outdoors and a set of public stairs to get the most out of his cardio workout, especially since we all know the boy can afford a gym membership or even a StepMill for his home gym.
So, take it from John and use a set of stairs to up your next workout outside. Here is an easy way to start:
- Warm up by slowly walking up and down the stairs for five minutes
- Sprint from the bottom of the stairs to the top as fast as possible
- Jog down to the bottom
- Repeat for 15-20 minutes
- Cool down by slowly walking up and down the stairs for five more minutes
More than a great workout, stair running is a great way to burn major calories: A 130 pound person can burn around 400 calories by running stairs for just 30 minutes. I like to jog to a park near my house where there are stairs, do my stair exercise (above), then jog home for a full cardio workout. You'll be quite tired, especially if you've never done stairs before. So try it out and be sure to keep some water at the bottom of the stairs, because you're going to need it.