Stair­ing at life & death

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Federal Politics -

PEO­PLE who can­not climb four flights of stairs quickly are at greater risk of an early death, a study has found.

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. Study au­thor and car­di­ol­o­gist Dr Je­sus Peteiro said: “If you can walk very fast up three floors of stairs without stop­ping, or fast up four floors without stop­ping, you have good func­tional ca­pac­ity. If not, it’s a good in­di­ca­tion that you need more ex­er­cise.”

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