You can't climb a mini stair stepper to heaven, but Wilderness Sports Conditioning says you can use one for an efficient and effective cardio workout. Mini stair steppers don't have the quality of a gym model stair stepper, but you can fold one up and store it under a bed while paying a fraction of the cost of a full-fledged stepper. Look for a mini-stepper that enables you to maintain an upright position while taking large and comfortable steps in order to achieve full range of motion.
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Consumer Search and Find the Best discuss some of the most desirable features of a top-notch mini-stepper. An already assembled model that folds up simply by pulling a pin on the machine makes the use of a mini-stepper hassle-free. The best machines offer a computer and display screen that counts your steps, times your workout and estimates the number of calories you burn. A mini-stepper with hydraulic cylinders that control the amount of resistance ensures smooth stepping and allows you to vary the intensity of the workout. A steel frame increases the durability of the machine. You can find mini-steppers with resistance bands for your arms to tone your upper body as well as handlebars and slip-resistant stairs for added security. The best mini-steppers cost around $100 as of 2014.