Harvard Health Letter

Fast way to improve heart and muscle fitness

Stair climbing is an exercise that can be done at home, at a gym, or in public. It has many physiological benefits. It burns twice as many calories as walking, and it engages muscles in the legs, arms, buttocks, and shoulders. It’s also an effective aerobic exercise, which is good for heart and lung health. Stair climbing is not appropriate for people with balance problems or pain and weakness in the shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, or feet. It may not be right for people with heart and lung disease.
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