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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!)

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TATTER3 7/7/2013 8:09AM

    We have a double staircase in our using it!

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BOOKWERME 7/6/2013 10:29PM ..and all of us...just do what we can. Everyone has different issues or limitations. The Fitbit is a great tool...for whatever we can do!

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    I wish! Those with FMS can go up safely but sustain damage going down.

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    I like the Fitbit stair feature. My record is 12, but after kids leave I plan to get a bit more aggressive about going up and down. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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