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THE STAIRS AND HEART CONNECTION

HOW SERIOUSLY DO YOU TAKE YOUR HEART HEALTH?

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68% of Americans are worried about their heart health and do nothing about it!

YOUR HEART

The most neglected muscle in your body

Your heart energizes all other muscles

Your heart is the source of your stamina and endurance

Your heart was designed for physical challenges - and actually craves for it

Be good to your heart and be healthy

Vertical One Fitness - It's a challenge of your heart!

THE HEART AND BRAIN CONNECTION

When you think of improving cognition, do you only think about ways to keep your brain healthy? Taking a more holistic approach to fortifying the different systems in the body may be the step you’re missing in your cognitive enhancement strategy - and as it turns out, focusing on your heart health may be one of the bigger factors!

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IMPROVE HEART AND MUSCLE FITNESS

Stair climbing burns twice the calories of walking, and it strengthens your heart, lungs, and muscles.

BUILD STRONG BONES

Stair climbing is a weight-bearing exercise and as such will strengthen your bones. Bone density tends to decline with age and can lead to osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weak bones prone to fracture. Climbing stairs means the bones of your lower body must work to support your weight, and that extra load will trigger an increase in bone-building cell activity.

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CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT

Stair-climbing exercise can help control your weight by burning more calories. For example, a 150-pound person can burn 272 calories when performed for 30 minutes.

LET'S GET VERTICAL

Just 30 minutes of stair climbing exercises every week can help you achieve immense cardiovascular benefits, as stated by a study in the British Journal of Sports Science and Medicine in 2007. We would advise you to use your imagination and get wild- but do not hurt yourself.

- British Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2007)

STAIR CLIMBING: A FULL BODY WORKOUT

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Climbing stairs helps strengthen your cardiovascular system (heart and lungs) along with various muscles throughout the body. Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle or improve your overall heart health, climbing stairs is a beneficial and rewarding exercise.

Major muscle groups activated by stair climbing:

GLUTES

The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle of the gluteal muscle group. This muscle is the primary hip extensor, which helps lift your body as you press downward one leg at a time - such as stair-climbing.

HAMSTRINGS

The hamstrings are a group of three different muscles which span the back of your thighs, crossing both the hip and knee joints. 

QUADRICEPS

The quadriceps are made up of four different muscles which span from the front of your thigh to the opposite of your hamstrings. They work the opposite range of motion from your knee extensions, which also help flex your hip joint. The quads contract to extend your knee each time your press your foot down, especially when climbing stairs.

ABDOMINAL MUSCLES

Believe it or not, your abdominal muscles (which include the front rectus abdominis, external and internal obliques, and your rear transversus abdominis), play a large part in stair climbing exercises. These muscles not only allow you to move your spine through different ranges of motion as your climbing, but they work hard to stabilize and support your spine and maintain your balance.

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