If you’re just looking for a convenient and effective way to exercise, consider stair climbing. It can give you an excellent workout, as stair climbing:
- Is convenient: you don’t need to join a gym, buy expensive equipment, or endure summer’s heat or winter’s cold as joggers do. All you need is properly fitted footwear to get started.
- Can burn more calories than you would jogging or cycling at a moderate pace for the same amount of time.
- Is heart healthy: a team of British researchers estimates that climbing stairs for seven minutes daily could reduce your risk of heart disease by about 60 percent.
- Can be done almost anywhere, at work and at home (especially if you live in a high-rise building).
- Is low-impact: the pressure from stair climbing is said to be the equivalent of twice your body weight compared to three to four times the impact with running.
If you’re not already fit, I advise checking with your physician before you start climbing stairs. And if you’re going to be climbing in a high-rise building, I suggest doing it with a workout partner for both encouragement and safety.
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