Climb your way to health
PEOPLE who cannot climb four flights of stairs quickly are at greater risk of an early death, a study has found.
Doctors are urging people to try a lung-busting ascent to gauge how fit they are. If you struggle, it is a sign that you need to get more exercise.
The research was based on a study of 12,615 people who were tested on their ability to run on a treadmill, an exercise comparable to climbing stairs.
The participants were being assessed for, or already had, heart disease.
The death rate from heart disease was nearly three times higher in those who performed badly than those who coped with the test.
Study author Jesus Peteiro, a cardiologist at University Hospital A Coruna in Spain, said: “Our results provide further evidence of the benefits of exercise and being fit on health and longevity. Physical activity has positive effects on blood pressure and lipids, reduces inflammation, and improves the body’s immune response to tumours.”