Climbing stairs may lower blood pressure and increase leg strength, especially in post-menopausal women, according to a study published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society.
After menopause, women are more likely to experience problems with blood flow and muscle strength due to estrogen deficiency, and finding the right form of physical activity that provides benefits without creating addition health problems can be difficult. For example, high-intensity resistance training can strengthen muscles, but raise blood pressure in those with prehypertension or hypertension.
For this study, post-menopausal Korean women with stage 2 hypertension climbed 192 steps, two to five times per day, four days per week. According to the researchers, this stair-climbing regimen led to reductions in arterial stiffness and blood pressure and increases in leg strength.