Step-ups are a great way to challenge muscles throughout your entire body, and to challenge your balance at the same time. When done the way I show you in this video, you will also improve your posture.
Said another way, step-ups are a fantastic whole-body exercise to build strength, cardio, and alignment. You might think you know how to do step-ups, and you might even think they’re “easy” — but give this version a shot and I think you’ll change your mind.
How to Do Step-ups:
- Face a step, box, or bench.
- Interlace your fingers and place your hands behind your head. Pull your elbows back in line with the back of your head.
- Place an arch in your lower back.
- Step up with your right leg.
- Lift your left leg up until your knee is hip height, making a ninety-degree bend at the knee and hip. Keep your ankle at a ninety-degree bend with your foot flexed.
- Step back down to the floor with your left leg, and then return the right leg to the floor.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Continue alternating sides for 1 set of 20 reps.
- If you feel unsteady, try touching the foot of the leg that is being lifted to the step/bench instead of bringing it all the way up to hip height.
- Keep your upper body upright. Don’t bend forward or round your back.
- Keep your elbows pulled back.
- Make sure to look straight ahead and not down.
Give these step-ups a try and see how well you do. You might be surprised at how challenging these become just by putting your hands behind your head.
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