SHORT STAIRWAY TO HE RT HEALTH
Make best friends with a flight of stairs for a total of 30 minutes a week and live longer.
Instead of groaning when you see a flight of stairs or avoiding them, race up them as fast as you can – your heart will thank you.
Scientists at Mcmaster University in Canada have found short, intense bursts of stair climbing, which can be done virtually anywhere, increased cardiorespiratory fitness, an important healthy marker that is linked to longevity.
Researchers tested two super- easy routines involving a flight of stairs – and, yes, it can be as little as one flight, like you might have at home. Each required a 10-minute time commitment, including warmup, cool-down and recovery periods, three times a week.
The first routine involved participants vigorously climbing up and down one flight of stairs for periods of 60 seconds. The second had them continuously climbing in an ‘all- out’ manner in 20-second bursts. Easy!