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Climbing a Stairway to Health

 

Good news for time-starved, health-conscious people (and nowadays, who isn’t?). Researchers find that short, intense stair climbing has a surprising amount of health benefits.

Despite the health benefits of regular exercise, most people lean heavy on a couple of reasons to put it off. The first is time, as in “I just don’t have enough time in my day”, and the second is place, as in, “There’s no gym near me.”

Now, thanks to researchers from McMaster University, those excuses have been put to rest. Their study involved two separate protocols with healthy but inactive female participants, divided into two groups. For six weeks, each group exercised in short 10 minute sessions three times a week.

One group was asked to climb stairs aggressively in 20 second intervals, while the second group was asked to simply ride an exercise bike for the same length of time. Results showed that the short 20 second bursts of stair climbing were more effective than the exercise bike.

Another group was asked to climb stairs for 60 second intervals. As in the first experiment, participants showed an increase in respiratory fitness.

Martin Gibala, author of this study says, “Interval training offers a convenient way to fit exercise into your life, rather than having to structure your life around exercise.”

The more you know about your health, the better you’ll feel. At Good Days, we’re dedicated to helping people achieve a healthier and happier life. Helping people live good days, every day. That’s Good Days.

Source: No more excuses – hit the stairs
http://www.worldhealth.net/news/stair-climbing-fast-fitness/