Do you like the benefits of running but can't take the impact? Consider a stair climber.
Stair climbers offer an intense workout without intense impact. Exercising on a stair climber burns calories and also works the muscles of the lower body.
When shopping for a stair climber there are some important things to keep in mind.
Check out the handrails. Make sure they are sturdy and supportive.
Electronic programming is available on many models allowing for some variety of routine — giving you harder intensity and timed programs. You may not need this added feature, but it may be a nice bonus. Remember to check out the climbers in the gym and see what you use.
Upper arm accessories will add another dimension to your workout. These aren't necessary to achieve an aerobic workout but will certainly intensify your workout and exercise the upper body as well as the lower body. Any people enjoy reading while stepping so you may not want to occupy your arms.
The better quality stair climbers keep your feet on a level plane to the floor. Get on and try it out. You want to be sure you have good form — keep your heels down and do not full extend your leg, always keep the knee a little bent.
If you are looking for a good workout that burns calories and really works the muscles a stair climber may be your best exercise equipment. Note that some people with bad knees have trouble with climbers. Again, try it out for yourself and see.