Stair Climbing Associated With Improved Blood Pressure in Postmenopausal Women
Menopause is accompanied by a progressive arterial stiffening associated with increases in blood pressure and decline in muscular function. A recent study suggests that climbing stairs may help improve blood pressure and build leg strength in postmenopausal women.
Participants in the study included 41 postmenopausal women with stage 2 hypertension. Half of them climbed 192 stairs two to five times per day for, four days a week, for 12 weeks. The other half did not do any exercise. The researchers measured brachial-to-ankle pulse wave velocity, blood pressure, and leg strength at the beginning and end of the study.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted improvements in arterial stiffness, blood pressure, and leg strength in the exercise group, when compared with the control group.
Researchers from Marymount University led the study. It was published online ahead of print on February 12, 2018, in the journal Menopause.
Previous studies suggest that climbing stairs may be good for heart health, losing weight, better lipid profiles, and a lower risk of developing osteoporosis.