An ideal home exercise for obese, diabetes and cardiac patients, stair climbing can help you reach 70 – 80% of your maximum heart rate. It is a good exercise for flexibility of the feet, ankles and knees. Being a non-impact exercise there is no risk of injury.
In case stairs are not available a stepping bench can be used. The technique involves putting the left foot up followed by the right foot, then left foot down followed by the right foot. You can hold on to a near by rail for balance.
Patients of osteoarthritis should consult a doctor before starting this exercise.
To begin with, you can start with 1 minute continuous climbing for the first week and add 1 minute every week there after till you reach a level of 20 minutes of continuous stair climbing and maintain at that level.