That’s why we go up the stairs more often now

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

Stair climbing supports cardiovascular health, stabilizes blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You also train the muscles of the legs, buttocks and upper body and burn more calories than any other daily activity, that is, up to 200 calories in 15 minutes.

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

Climbing stairs is a combined exercise

There are stairs everywhere. Going up is a welcome little exercise every time, and very effective. Because when climbing stairs several factors come together. On 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 that has to be overcome also influences the physical state, and that can be really tiring.

Climbing the stairs we “catch a cold”

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

Not so if we use a ladder. Then the muscles are usually still cold and we are at rest. Accordingly, 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 stress, 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 pretty soon.

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

The state where you cannot continue after the “cold start” and need a break shows you your temporary stress limit. Now the first thing to do is: Pulse and respiration have 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 hard it pants, 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 quickly become out of breath while climbing stairs or during general physical exertion, you should consult your doctor as a precaution.

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