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Get Physical: Run Stairs Together

Ever since seeing John Mayer running stairs, I have become a bit obsessed with running them myself. So yesterday, my husband and I took on the stairs at the park together.

We set the clock for 30 minutes. I went up and down first, then as soon as I got to the bottom, he went. When he got to the bottom, I went again and so on. This way we were a little competitive with each other, but not so much that we were tripping and falling down the stairs (which would happen if we were running against each other). We each got about a minute and a half of rest between turns so it worked perfectly. I was thrilled to get my husband doing something else other than just running and weights, and he liked pushing me to go one more time.

At the end, we gave each other a big high-five (no joke) and we were pleased with ourselves the rest of the night. It was a great workout and something that is much more fun to do with another person, especially if you are like me and can easily talk yourself out of going up and down one more time.

So grab your husband or a friend and take on the stairs together.


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ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Hm...I don't think I have a significantly large stair way in my area that's workout friendly. The stairs at my house don't work cuz they turn twice in the middle so it's frustrating and dangerous.
Labellaragazza Labellaragazza 9 years
What a coincidence! I also have started doing stairs after i saw the pics of john mayer! Quite motivational i must say...
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Love this idea! I have a HUGE set of stairs at my university, and this would be a great friendly competition between me and my bf. I'll try this out this week. Thanks, Fit!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
My husband claims that he could beat me running up the stairs, but I think I'd beat him after a few rounds. I used to run stairs inside in the winter when it was cold outside and I couldn't get on the treadmill.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
No hubby to compete with but I find a compelling song on my iPod and try to match the beats per minute in stairs climbed. For example I use the live version of Madonna's 'Into the Groove' from I'm Going to Tell You A Secret. This version has bagpipes and Marching band bass drums to keep time while I briskly run the stairs. I feel like Madonna's behind me with a stick threatening to beat me if I stop.
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