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Health Benefits of Walking Down Stairs

The Benefits of Going Down

You all know I am avid about walking up the stairs whenever I can, but I just learned the benefits of going down the stairs. Surprisingly, walking down stairs or even downhill reduces blood-sugar levels more than walking uphill. What a pleasant surprise! Having lower-blood sugar levels can help reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Walking up stairs is a good cardiovascular workout, but going both up and down stairs will help lower your LDL (aka bad) cholesterol. So don't skip doing down the stairs.

The only downside of going down, is that it can be hard on your knees. Walking down stairs and hills uses your leg muscles in an eccentric or lengthened position, which can strain the knee joint. Also, it is easier to trip on the way down so keep your eyes on the stairs.


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kxm24 kxm24 8 years
All these stair posts have motivated me to start doing them again. I ran up and down 4 flights of stairs for 15 mins. last Saturday and wow I felt it in my legs the next few days. I finally recovered and this morning I did a little over 20 mins. I'm starting my work on bikini season now!
feelthesun feelthesun 8 years
Wow, very interesting! I'm going to forward this info on!
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