How to Conquer Stair Exhaustion
Any trip up the stairs that leaves you gasping for breath can be alarming. Worst of all, a bad experience on one flight of stairs is can also be enough to inspire panic about your overall health picture. So how can you conquer stair exhaustion?
In truth, shortness of breath and exhaustion following stair climbing is more complicated than you might expect. Far from being a blanket indicator of overall health or a sign of serious problems, “stair trouble” varies in its severity and consequences.
To find out more, check out this guide from the personal training experts at Custom Kinetics.
First things first: don’t panic.
A moderate amount of heavy breathing following a journey up the stairs is somewhat normal and should not be cause for alarm. After all, as discussed here, climbing stairs is often recommended as an intense standalone cardio workout and frequently incorporated as a part of high-level interval training.
The message here? Understand that stairs require your body to work harder than it does when engaged in activities like normal walking—and of course, sitting down. If you find yourself breathing heavily, it could just mean your lungs are doing their job.
A Medical Opinion
Of course, any shortness of breath could be a sign of something potentially more serious. If you judge your post-stair condition to a be a little out of the ordinary, it might be time to consult a medical professional.
According to University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Pulmonologist Dr. Jason Fritz, shortness of breath can be the first sign of serious pulmonary and cardiovascular problems. For the most part, Dr. Fritz advises that “stair problems” like shortness of breath are only cause for concern if they are accompanied by more serious symptoms like vomiting or dizziness.
While a medical opinion can allay your fears about lurking health problems, the best medicine for better stair trips could be much simpler: improving your overall health.
For most people, heavy breathing and shortness of breath following time on a flight of stairs is simply a sign of limited cardiovascular fitness. Fortunately, improving your cardiovascular stamina and overall lung capacity is as simple as getting active.
This guide from the personal training experts at ATI has several great recommendations for those looking to improve their aerobic endurance. Bodyweight exercises like lunges and squats can be a great way to build powerful lower body strength while also engaging your lungs through movement. Not only do these exercises mimic climbing stairs, they are also an easy introduction to more strenuous workouts.
Aside from these targeted exercises, experts say you can improve your ability to take on stairs by engaging in more physical activity. Just a half hour of walking every day is an easy first step to better cardio health.
Contact The Experts
If you are interested in improving your health and fitness, you may benefit from a consultation with a qualified personal trainer. With the right advice and guidance, your stair anxiety will be a thing of the past.
The friendly and knowledgeable training staff at Custom Kinetics are eager to help you meet your fitness goals. With the latest equipment, know-how, and assessment technology, these fitness experts can help you feel and look better.
To schedule a personal training consultation, contact Custom Kinetics today!