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Colin Boreham, the professor from the University College Dublin Institute for Sport and Health, says that stair-climbing is one among the few everyday activities at a moderate to high intensity which one can do surreptitiously. It does not require any equipments or a particular time, as it can be done as a part of our daily routine. It requires only the willingness to avoid the lift and take the effort.
Boffins included eight undergraduate women to undertake an eight-week program, which started with climbing a 199 step staircase twice a day and five days a week, by climbing 90 steps in a minute. This helped the stair-climbers to increase their aerobic fitness by 17 percent and reduce the harmful LDL cholesterol by 8 percent.
They all were climbing averagely five times in a whole day which gave them the benefits of doing ten minutes exercise a day. “Climbing the stairs is at such a high intensity and it accomplishes health adaptations in a shorter period. It is handy if we like our exercise in short bites," says Dr. Boreham.