We went to a nearby school track that had the pictured stadium and steps. Looks kinda daunting in this photo, I think! We walked a lap around the track at a good pace and then hoofed it up and down each set of stairs on the stadium. At this particular stadium there are five sets of stairs. We ran up one set and down the next until we reached the end of the stadium. We had to do a repeat on the last set of stairs in order to end up at the bottom and head back around the track. Running the stairs was really quick and a really great way to increase our heart rate. (I liked having the bar by my side on the run down just in case my clumsiness came out). The recovery was the walk around the track and, mind you, it was not an enjoyable meandering walk. In fact, at our pace it would have been easier to jog around that track! All in all, we did the loop around the track and stadiums eight times. That means we walked 2 miles and got some good cardio intervals in between. I think we were at it for a total of 50 minutes, with an extra lap added at the end for a cool down. That’s pretty good. I’m a fan of the 50 minute workout, you know.
My calorie counter was really humming along so I was pretty happy. It was a quick, effecient workout that can be tailored to anyone’s level. You could walk up and down the stairs if needed, or if you wanted to ramp it up, you could run the loop around the track rather than walk.
I will say my hamstrings were not so happy from sprinting up those darn stairs, but a little extra stretching helped. We did manage to talk while we walked, which can be difficult to do at home. This might not be your typical “date” but it worked for us. I say head to your highschool and give it a try.
Or, maybe just try to head out to dinner. . .
What’s a different workout you like to do? Or an activity to do together?