We may be fit enough to hit the gym hard, run half/full marathon or run on the treadmill for an hour or so but when we take a flight of stairs most of us fall short of breath. This derails our motivation and creates confusion and doubts about our own fitness level. Well, most of the times, if we are fit and are regular with our workouts and are energetic otherwise but tend to fall short of breath while climbing stairs, it may not be a matter of concern for most of us. Many a times, when we change our activity or position suddenly our body needs extra flow of oxygen at that spur of moment. By the time the body realizes the additional requirement, we fall short of breath, and this is very normal.
Climbing stairs is an aerobic activity, it requires strength and muscles and it is different from running on a flat surface. Unless you regularly workout on the stairs or follow vigorous stair exercises, falling short of breadth while climbing stairs is very normal.
If you want to be swifter on the stairs as much as you are in other activities, there has to be some plan of action. You may start using stairs more frequently and practice light exercises that include stairs. Eventually start adding weights like 10, then 20, then 40 pounds, while climbing a flight of stairs depending on your capacity.
When your workout becomes too easy for you or in other words when your body gets use to a certain workout routine, its then time to add some more intensity to your workouts or change some of the exercises to give variety to your body, so as to strengthen the muscles to a more advanced level. Also the results may be more visible
Next time when you fall short of breath after a flight of stairs don’t panic. Just take a long deep breath at the top of the stairs and get started with a different fitness routine.
Health tip of the week
“Add stair climbing to your workout routines and achieve an advanced fitness level”.