A spin-off on the stairmaster, this training modification let’s you work out your legs, any time of the day. Engaging multiple muscles simultaneously, the step-up exercise will work your quads, hip and knee joints, glutes, calves and hamstrings. What’s more, it is one of the best functional exercises to strengthen the lower-body.


Step 1: Stand in front of a plyometric box or a steady low stool, and then place your left foot on it.

Step 2: Push your left foot down to pull your body upwards, and let your right ankle rest next to the left foot, still elevated.

Step 3: Now lower the right foot off the box and back on the ground, and then the left foot as well. Spring to the next rep; do 2 sets of 20 reps, and then move on to the right leg.

The step-up can burn 166 calories in 10 minutes, if you weigh 150lb. Sure, you can do the exercise on the staircase of your building, but this little modification lets you do it within the comfort of your room and in your jammies too. Only  make sure to wear workout shoes, as the exercise requires a spring in the step for some resistance.

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With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.