You may be wondering what the connection is between the title of this post and the picture that comes with it. It’s quite simple really (at least in my mind) – that’s the way I want my legs to look and putting myself through hell is the only way I’ll get them.
The truth is that I really don’t like stairs, well to be totally accurate, I don’t like climbing them, I have nothing against them otherwise. I don’t like the stair master in the gym and I don’t like being faced with a flight of stairs when I’m out on a walk. However, I know that they’re a great way to build muscle in my thighs and calves, keep my backside as perky as it can be at my age and improve my core strength so I grit my teeth and get on with it.
Where I live it’s pretty much impossible to find a route to go out walking without hills, stairs or both so, as I love walking, I have plenty of opportunity to do battle with my stair demons. It might sound daft but one way I’ve found of dealing with it is to find a really fast paced track on my i-phone and run up simply because it gets them out of the way more quickly. I should have said that I run up the stairs as a way to boost my cardio fitness but that’s crap, I just don’t like the bloody things!
This will give you an idea of what I’m talking about:
This isn’t me looking for stairs you understand – they just all happen to be along my favourite walking routes and there’s just no getting around them.
On the upside at least there’s an equal number that I can run down on the way home :O)
Please share with me the exercises you love to hate – it would be great to hear from you x