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
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