Healthy You: Heart Health ---> Stairs
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Better Homes and Gardens page 180 February 2008
This is part of a series of heart related articles in this magazine...Heart Health Room by Room...suggesting: "Make a few easy adjustments to your house -and habits- to foster a heart healthy lifestyle." I was interested in several of them...such as this one:
Use as an assessment tool
The next time you climb a single flight of stairs, listen for thumping in your chest. "Your heart rate and respiration should not change significantly when going up the stairs," says Andre Wise, manager for cardiac rehabilitation at Saint Barnabas Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. If your heart rate goes up by more than 10 beats per minute or you feel short of breath, you're probably out of shape. But it could also be a sign of heart disease. Talk to your doctor right away. If you simply need more exercise, use those same stairs as a starting point. Going up and down them for just three minutes a day can increase cardiac endurance."
Fitbit has helped me track the stair climbing..and even challenged me to do more (I actually DID 75 flights in one day!)