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First step to stepping for exercise

August 6, 2009
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Before beginning a step-training class, be sure your step – the platform – is secure and at the proper height for your fitness level. If you are new to step training, or just beginning a fitness program, start with a platform height of four to six inches. (Regardless of fitness level, the platform height should not require bending your knees more than 90 degrees.)
Keep the area around your platform dry and remove objects that could interfere with your workout.
Align your body
Proper body alignment during step training helps prevent injuries. While stepping:
  • Relax your neck and keep it straight.
  • Always keep your knees soft, don’t lock the knee joints.
  • Maintain good posture with shoulders back, chest lifted and pelvis tucked under.
  • Lean from the ankles, not the waist, as you step onto the platform. Do not bend from the hips.
  • Don’t arch your back.
Proper stepping techniques
Correct stepping technique also prevents injuries and improves your workout:
  1. Always place your entire foot on the platform; no part of the foot should hang over the edge.
  2. Step close to the platform, allowing the heels to contact the floor. Note: Only the ball of the foot, not the heel, should touch the floor during lunges or other rapidly repeated movements (”repeaters”).
  3. Step quietly. Pounding can unduly stress the ankles and knees.
  4. Keep an eye on the platform at all times.
  5. Don’t use hand weights. They greatly increase the risk of injury and provide no benefit.
Stepping out
If you initially find step training difficult to follow, focus on learning the foot patterns and omit arm movements. You can add arm movements later.Remember that raising your arms above shoulder level makes your heart work harder and can leave you breathless. So, if you have a hard time keeping up, lower your arms and catch your breath.
To avoid injuries caused by too much stepping, alternate step-training classes with a variety of aerobic workouts like bicycling, walking, or other recreational activities.
Step-training workouts may seem difficult at first, but beware – they’re habit-forming! Just remember to maintain proper body alignment and stepping technique to keep you stepping injury-free for years to come.
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