Stair climbing machines and climbing real stairs help you lose fat.
A stair climber gives you a powerful lower-body workout, building stronger muscles in your legs, hips and core. It's also an effective source of cardiovascular exercise, helping you burn fat while you sculpt. Although you can't target your thighs specifically for fat loss, the stair climber helps you burn fat throughout your body and tone your thighs for a slimmer look.
Major Calorie Burn
Exercising on a stair climber helps you burn fat by torching some major calories. A 160-pound person can burn up to 657 calories using a stair climber for an hour, according to MayoClinic.com. Compare that with running at 5 mph, where the same person would burn about 606 calories, or walking briskly, which uses 314 calories. This calorie burn is essential to helping your thighs look slimmer.
Working Those Muscles
Toning your muscles gives definition to your thighs, making them look more shapely. A stair climber isn't designed to bulk up your muscles, so toning gives your thighs a more attractive appearance. Your thighs take on the brunt of the activity on a stair climber, but you're also engaging your calves, buttocks, hips and core for movement and stabilization.
Myth of Spot Reduction
Although the stair climber targets much of your workout on your thighs, it's focusing on your muscles, not the fat. There's no way to reduce fat only in your thighs. Instead, cardio activity such as the stair climber burns fat in different areas of your body; everyone's body is different, so there's no way to predict which areas will drop fat faster. But decreasing your overall body fat will slim your thighs as well other areas where fat is stored.
How Much to Use a Stair Climber
There's no big secret to losing fat -- just burn more calories than you take in, and your body will take advantage of its fat reserves and start burning them off. Performing stair climbing for 20 minutes at a time at least three times a week is good for maintenance, but to really slim those thighs, shoot for 45-minute sessions at least four times per week, suggests the American Council on Exercise. Watch your diet as well, sticking to low-calorie, healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy and whole-grain breads.
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