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My new years resolution, was to stop being lazy and get in shape. I was provided with a fitness dvd for christmas that required a step, but didn't provide one. I found this step on amazon for £24. I was a little hesitant about spending that much money on what is essentially a box with legs. But it has definitely made my workouts more fun. This step comes with removable legs so you can exercise from two different heights (I haven't progressed to that just yet - I'm not safe). The legs are very easy to add or remove, and they seem very stable. There are rubber soles on the bottom of the step to prevent slipping, and there is also a non slip grip on the step itself - so this is incredibly safe to use (unless you have 2 left feet like me). I have found that even though it has rubber feet, it has left ridges on my carpet (I'm hoping that is the step and not my weight). This step doesn't take up any space, and meets its purpose. Well worth a try for any fitness fanatics out there.
As part of my ongoing bid to get fitter and healthier this year I decided to invest in a piece of fitness equipment for use within my home. I knew there was no point in me buying an excersize bike or rowing machine as they'd ultimately end up becoming glorified expensive clothes hangers so decided to buy something that wasn't going to cost a lot of money but would satisfy my need for an occasional work out at home. An aerobic step seemed like a good idea at the time of purchase, for a little over £20.00 it wasn't expensive and given its low profile and relatively small size I knew that finding somewhere to put it when not in use wouldn't be too problematic. Quickly delivered from amazon in a rectangular cardboard box it didn't take too long to assemble and once ready it was good to go. I chose the Ultrasport aerobic step simply because of the price and as shown in the picture here it's not the most complicated piece of sports equipment anyone could choose to buy. It comes packaged in 3 pieces; the top step and the two 'feet' which slot into position on the underside of the step itself. The feet are a very tight fit and it does take a little time to get them inserted correctly as the plastic used in the construction of the item doesn't have any 'give' so do be warned that it can be a bit of a faff to put it together. Once the feet have been added though the step is ready to use, it measures 68cm in length, 28cm in width and the feet can be adjusted to be either 10 to 15cm in height. Its boxed weight is a little under 3kgs so not heavy to move and all in all I'd say it was very well made. Taking the feet off to adjust seemed like too much hard work to me given how awkward it was to get them into place the first time so mine is just left at the maximum height which is appropriate for how tall I am anyway. The surface of the step has diamond shaped grooves which make it non-slip and the feet themselves are chunky enough so that it doesn't move when in use. It's black and grey in colour with a central orange Ultrasport motif on the top of the step and though made from plastic it is very durable and provides an effective cardiovascular workout. Of course it's straightforward to use, it's a step, so explaining how to use it here seems a little silly but for the benefit of anyone new to aerobic stepping you simply step up and down on it. It's as uncomplicated as it gets which appealed to me as I just wanted something I could use a few times a day to build up a sweat and get my heart pumping. Wearing appropriate footwear and putting the step into a convenient place it doesn't take too long to start to feel the benefits of a step workout, it's easy to use whilst watching TV and is pretty much silent. Aerobic stepping is said to target the muscles in legs, back and stomach and increases the heart rate so for a low-impact cardiovascular training aid it has the obvious health benefits. Calories are burned and for a complete fitness novice such as my self it provides an easy introduction into keep fit without being too daunting or complicated. An excersize booklet is included with the step should you want to mix up the routines a bit but for me I find that a simple step up/step down motion is enough to keep me focused and retains my interest. Motivation is of course needed but as there is no set-up time needed to be able to use the step I find that it's easy to move into the centre of my living room and do a 30 minute routine most days. It's quite low impact though anyone with knee joint problems may find it causes stress but without adding the feet the step is only 10cm from the floor. I've been using mine for around 6 weeks and can really tell a difference in my legs, I find that I can walk further when out and about and it does increase stamina. It's yet to become something shoved away into a corner and I enjoy the workout it gives me. Yes, it's pretty much the most basic piece of fitness equipment you could want to choose or buy but for me it's given me a kick start into getting fitter and I have noticed the results it gives. For a shade over £20.00 as it currently retails for on amazon I would say it's a good if not basic buy and would certainly recommend it to others if they're wanting to start to become a little more active. Other than the problem with getting the feet fixed into place I have no other concerns so from me it gets a very good 4 star rating here. Thanks for reading my review.