You know I always try to get you to use the stairs and not elevators or escalators so you don't end up with knee, heart and respiratory issues when you finally do climb them!
Check out this amazing video that my friend Amy shared with me:
Amazing, huh? Why do we have to make climbing stairs “fun” to get people to use them?
If your knees hurt when you go up stairs…
It could be because you have no glute (butt) muscles left from sitting on your assets and neglecting to climb stairs for the last 20+ years! DUH!
Your gluteus maximus (one of the "glutes" that are attached to your hip) is supposed to be one of the strongest and largests muscle in the body. This (supposedly) large muscle in the buttocks keeps you standing upright and fights against gravity when you walk up stairs (as well as bike, jump and run).
Your knees are supposed to "come along for the ride" and not initiate these particular movements. So if your gluteus maximus or other muscles of the hip area are weak and tight, they may not sufficiently do what they're supposed to do.
Your poor knees might end up initiating the action and absorb the stress, which can result in (unexplained) pain.
And you also may have a lot of excess "junk in your trunk" where those beautifully rounded "glutes" are supposed to be!
So now you know why I'm always saying that you, too, need a "better butt by Beth"! It's not just so you'll look fabulous coming and going, which you will!
I know, "How do you really feel about stairs, Bethy?" Just wait; you'll read about this and some of my other "pet peeves" in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank!
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