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Side steppers help burn calories while toning leg and thigh muscles.
The side stepper is an aerobic machine used to tone the thighs, buttocks and calves as well as burn calories. The machine has two shoe-shaped steps that you put both feet on. As you step on each foot pad, you move the exercise machine steps from side to side and in an up and down motion, giving you a good cardiovascular workout to burn calories and keep blood pumping throughout your body. It is different from step aerobics, which uses a stepboard.
The side-stepper aerobic exerciser improves cardiovascular health and tones leg muscles.
Get Blood Pumping
The side stepper works via hydraulics and without handles so you are forced to maintain balance, thereby working your core as you step from side to side. The movement you assume while staying on the exerciser is cardiovascular in nature, letting your heart pump blood throughout your system and expanding your lungs as you perform the steps. The movement is similar to climbing a stairs or stepping on and off a step board or pad.
Burn Some Calories
The lateral and vertical motions tone the main muscles in your legs- like your quads, hamstrings and calves - thereby burning calories in the process. The hydraulic system provides resistance which trains your leg and core muscles to push to do each step. You can add more resistance or speed up the steps to burn more fat. The average 150-pound person can burn 200 to 400 calories working out on a side stepper for 30 minutes.
Tone Your Muscles
The specific muscles exercised by the side stepper include the large muscles in your legs, such as the quadriceps, hamstrings, adductor and abductor muscles and calves. The abs, buttocks muscles, obliques and core muscles are also exercised as you maintain balance and work against the resistance. An effective routine involves side stepping at light resistance as fast as you can for one minute, then side stepping at heavy resistance for one minute. Repeat the cycle for a total of 20 minutes to tone your muscles.
Protect Your Joints
One of the main advantages of the side-stepper hydraulic system is that it is easy on your knees. If you have knee problems, you will find performing the steps pain-free and convenient on the side stepper since there is no impact. Arm movements can be added as a modification to the routine to burn more calories and involve the muscles of the upper body, such as the deltoids, biceps, triceps and back muscles.
Use it Effectively
Perform the steps properly and step firmly on the side stepper to avoid slips and trips. To get the best weight loss results, use the side stepper three to five times each week at 30 to 60 minutes per session. Also eat a healthy low-fat diet to boost fat loss. People with knee problems or arthritis as well as those with cardiovascular health risks should consult a doctor first. They can be prone to further deterioration in the joints and ligaments or may suffer an attack while balancing on the machine.