Stairway to Hell

You may be wondering what the connection is between the title of this post and the picture that comes with it. It’s quite simple really (at least in my mind) – that’s the way I want my legs to look and putting myself through hell is the only way I’ll get them.

The truth is that I really don’t like stairs, well to be totally accurate, I don’t like climbing them, I have nothing against them otherwise. I don’t like the stair master in the gym and I don’t like being faced with a flight of stairs when I’m out on a walk. However, I know that they’re a great way to build muscle in my thighs and calves, keep my backside as perky as it can be at my age and improve my core strength so I grit my teeth and get on with it.

Where I live it’s pretty much impossible to find a route to go out walking without hills, stairs or both so, as I love walking, I have plenty of opportunity to do battle with my stair demons. It might sound daft but one way I’ve found of dealing with it is to find a really fast paced track on my i-phone and run up simply because it gets them out of the way more quickly. I should have said that I run up the stairs as a way to boost my cardio fitness but that’s crap, I just don’t like the bloody things!

This will give you an idea of what I’m talking about:


This isn’t me looking for stairs you understand – they just all happen to be along my favourite walking routes and there’s just no getting around them.

On the upside at least there’s an equal number that I can run down on the way home :O)

Please share with me the exercises you love to hate – it would be great to hear from you x


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