In the 4th instalment of our Exercise Unpacked Series, we’re looking into the staple Step Up.
The good old step up is something that seems quite easy but if done right can be very challenging—perfect for people returning from knee or hip injuries and especially good for runners who are always getting niggles!
The key is to keep the tempo SLOW. Perform 3 sets of 10-15 and work both legs!
Here’s how to perform them correctly:
1) Stand in front of step with hands on hip, foot ready on step
2) Push heel down into step and squeeze quad and glute muscles whilst straightening knee. Aim to push body straight into the air instead of leaning forward as we would with a normal step.
3) Slowly lower back down to the ground, bending at the hip and knee