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Athletic Training

Climbing Stairs

05/19/2009

Question:

suggest any simple workout that can be done by climbing stairs

Answer:

There are numerous workouts you can do on stairs. Additionally, there are options for outdoor stair running and stair climbing in an office building. 

Depending on your current fitness level you can climb stairs for 10, 20, 30 minutes or more. Key considerations are any pre-existing injuries or conditions. Do you have a history of ankle sprains/foot problems, knee pain or injury, and or any hip dysfunction? These are important considerations because of the change in force going up and down stairs. You can modify stair climbing by skipping steps, walking up sideways, and by increasing your speed. Additionally, you would like to keep your hip, knee and foot aligned while doing repetitive activity. 

If you have concerns or are suspicious you may not be doing the activity correctly, you should consult a physician. Good luck. 

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Response by:

Alex K Wong, MS, ATC Alex K Wong, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Lecturer & Trainer
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University