That’s why now we climb the stairs more often

Climbing stairs is a true miracle exercise. This has been confirmed by numerous studies, including a 2008 study by the University of Geneva.

Stair climbing supports cardiovascular health, stabilizes blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You also train your leg, gluteal and upper body muscles and burn more calories than any other daily activity – that’s up to 200 calories in 15 minutes.

But at some point, even the biggest athlete gets out of breath walking up the stairs. According to the experts at “”, depending on how quickly this happens, statements about his health status can also be made.

Climbing stairs is a combined exercise

There are stairs everywhere. Going up is a welcome little exercise every time, and a very effective one. Because when climbing stairs several factors come together. On the one hand, we’re leaving, which is a very good thing. But alternating steps with the first leg bent doubles as a light squat.

Depending on how steep the stairs are and how high the steps are, the gravity to be overcome also influences fitness, and that can be really tiring.

Going up the stairs we “catch a cold”

The often decisive difference with other training is that when climbing stairs we always “train” without preparation. Before we start jogging or face our sessions in the gym, we have usually already warmed up and stretched a little.

Not so if we use a ladder. Then the muscles are usually still cold and we are at rest. Consequently, quite high load can also have an impact. The pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate increase rapidly and sharply, because the muscles need a lot of oxygen when climbing stairs.

And with this sudden tension, the body, which has caught a cold, can handle more or less well from one case to another, even sporty people can get out of breath quite soon.

Are you getting out of breath quickly? Time for a checkup!

The state where you can’t continue after “cold start” and need a break shows you your temporary stress limit. Now the first thing to do is: Your pulse and breathing need to return to normal. Depending on how soon the stress limit is set, conclusions can be drawn, especially about your cardiovascular health.

For example, a weakened heart, no matter how much you pant, cannot provide adequate oxygenation through the blood, and the body experiences stress.

Respiratory diseases are also often a cause of shortness of breath, as are being overweight or other factors. Therefore, if you get short of breath quickly when climbing stairs or during physical exertion in general, you should consult your doctor as a precaution.

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