Injured? Why all is not lost
My fitness levels are decent, so why do I get exhausted going up the stairs to my office?
This phenomenon you speak of is more common than you’d think. Legging it up the stairs or an escalator works a very different set of muscles to your Saturday Parkrun. ‘Climbing places a load on your heart and lungs in a way that your body won’t be used to,’ explains Dr Michael Faulx, cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, US. And your hamstrings and glutes work harder to repeatedly lift and rebalance the body. If you don’t want to stagger into work gasping for air, incorporate some interval sprints and hill climbs into your usual workout routine. If you’re new to interval training, run up a gentle hill for five seconds before walking back down, then take it up to 10 seconds, down to seven, and then back down to five again. If you’re relatively fit, find a short hill and mimic the effort of a flat run, no matter how slow you go. For pros, explode up a steep hill for eight to 12 seconds. Take two minutes to walk down and do eight reps. Repeat once a week. Just remember to take it one step at a time.