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Stair Climbing: Safe or Scary?

Stair Climbing: Safe or Scary?

Stair climbing is a unique exercise that is not only beneficial to your body, but also your bank account. Whether you’re climbing the stairs on a machine, or getting some fresh air outside, here are some helpful tips and insight from Dr. Adam Rivadeneyra, sports medicine specialist at Hoag Orthopedic Institute.

Q: What are the benefits of stair climbing?

A: Stair climbing is a great strength and cardiovascular exercise for those who can do it safely and correctly. It's higher resistance than walking on flat ground or using a treadmill, so it does build, but also requires more strength.

Q: Is it safe to use the stair climbing machine?

A: You can use indoor stair climbing machines or climb stairs on actual stairs or bleachers for two different types of workouts. Using the machine is more of a sustained cardiovascular workout, whereas real stairs are more of a high intensity interval workout. Both can be helpful.

Q: Do you have any safety tips?

A: Most importantly, focus on form and safety. On a stair climbing machine, try not to cheat too much using your arms and really focus on pushing with your legs rather than just lifting your legs on to the next step. When running bleachers or stairs the old fashioned way, be very careful going down the stairs as this can be harder on your knees ankles and feet let alone the increased risk of falling. During your normal day-to-day activities, taking the stairs rather than an escalator or an elevator can be helpful way of adding additional strength and movement to your routine.

Dr. Adam Rivadeneyra