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Does anyone do this as a simple form of exercise? Walking up and down a flight of stairs for 15 min.?Problem is this--sometimes it's not really a lot of fun to go outside and exercise, to go on to my little recumbent bike and set the thing up, but I can just get on my pair of shorts, T-shirt, and go up and down my stairs for 20 min., listening to a podcast (Naked Scientists). Also, I go over my bare feet (which helps with traction), it's very close to the shower, etc.In doing this, I also hold my breath and so, for example, this morning I went up to 8 to 12 steps him quite often without taking a breath. I never get terribly out of breath, but I really do think that this increases the workout that I get. (I have posted on this site before information on how the published literature supports the training effect of breath-holding.) I sure have my hand along the banister going down the stairs and I don't really go much for speed--nor do I have to, with holding my breath as I come up.Right now, and counting every flight by bending down a finger starting with the little finger of my left hand. When I reach 10 (reaching the little finger of my right hand), I move a penny on a piece of paper across the line, this to indicate a cycle of 10 times going up and down the stairs. After moving four pennies, I've reached 15 min. I am going to work out to 30 min. a day going up and down the stairs, but I hope to approach it in several months,, this I've had in the past back problems and a slight difficulty with my right knee. (One of the physical therapists I had for my right knee problem simply said that I should angle my foot more towards the center and it solve my problem absolutely. As a youngster, I broke my right femur and therefore my right foot since five years of age was splayed out to the right. It was a simple fix for me, and it has ended the problem I had with my right knee.)Anyway, does anyone do anything like this?Yours,Caleb
CliffordK -- But you are not opposed to running out of breath at times, are you? Especially during maximal exercise?Seems to me that for a real training effect, running out of breath (with panting, etc.) is not something that should be totally avoided. Indeed, it's a sign that the exercise is helpful, I think.And you do not have a belief that regular slow breathing is always the correct way to go? Seems to me that if you were, you would believe that no one should exert her/himself at all, and that's not what leads to a training effect, as far as I can see.Yours,Caleb
why don't you take statins as a leading doctor last week said everyone over the age of 30 should be taking them.you should prescription drugs for your condition.
Quote from: profound on 20/05/2014 16:21:59why don't you take statins as a leading doctor last week said everyone over the age of 30 should be taking them.you should prescription drugs for your condition.More drugs aren't the answer to everything in the world. The improvement from Statins is minimal, and only in cases with significant heart disease risk with high LDL.Exercise both moderately improves the HDL/LDLl balance, as well as being good for the old ticker. The old "use it or loose it" adage is true with many things, and the ticker needs exercise too. However, that doesn't mean taking the exercise to excess, nor going from a couch potato to a marathon runner overnight.In fact, a marathon is not representative of a more sane moderate exercise program, perhaps including a few high intensity drills, but not exercising until one literally drops.
Walking up stairs is great exercise. I'm not sold on the breath holding part, though... I suspect that increasing the intensity of the workout while still breathing as needed would be better than maintaining intensity while decreasing available oxygen. Otherwise I could just get in shape by sitting on the couch with a plastic bag on my head 20 minutes a day.
But I do see danger in non-medical people giving erroneous advice in a confident manner. .
Does Sir Yacoub say not to exercise at all? That's sure what your "Just take statins" advice should be interpreted as, especially given your stated concerns about the downside of exercising.On the other hand, we have the below citation from Pubmed.gov and I fit the following profile pretty well (although I am not a veteran).Am J Hypertens. 2014 Mar;27(3):422-30. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpt241. Epub 2014 Jan 16.Statin therapy, fitness, and mortality risk in middle-aged hypertensive male veterans.Kokkinos P1, Faselis C, Myers J, Kokkinos JP, Doumas M, Pittaras A, Kheirbek R, Manolis A, Panagiotakos D, Papademetriou V, Fletcher R.Author informationAbstractBACKGROUND:Hypertension often coexists with dyslipidemia, accentuating cardiovascular risk. Statins are often prescribed in hypertensive individuals to lower cardiovascular risk. Higher fitness is associated with lower mortality, but exercise capacity may be attenuated in hypertension. The combined effects of fitness and statin therapy in hypertensive individuals have not been assessed. Thus, we assessed the combined health benefits of fitness and statin therapy in hypertensive male subjects.METHODS:Peak exercise capacity was assessed in 10,202 hypertensive male subjects (mean age = 60.4 ± 10.6 years) in 2 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. We established 4 fitness categories based on peak metabolic equivalents (METs) achieved and 8 categories based on fitness status and statin therapy.RESULTS:During the follow-up period (median = 10.2 years), there were 2,991 deaths. Mortality risk was 34% lower (hazard ratio (HR) = 0.66; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.59-0.74; P < 0.001) among individuals treated with statins compared with those not on statins. The fitness-related mortality risk association was inverse and graded regardless of statin therapy status. Risk reduction associated with exercise capacity of 5.1-8.4 METs was similar to that observed with statin therapy. However, those achieving ≥8.5 METs had 52% lower risk (HR = 0.48; 95% CI = 0.37-0.63) when compared with the least-fit subjects (≤5 METs) on statin therapy.CONCLUSIONS:The combination of statin therapy and higher fitness lowered mortality risk in hypertensive individuals more effectively than either alone. The risk reduction associated with moderate increases in fitness was similar to that achieved by statin therapy. Higher fitness was associated with 52% lower mortality risk when compared with the least fit subjects on statin therapy.KEYWORDS:blood pressure, fitness, hypertension, mortality risk, statins.
... bored chemist and his partner will confirm it.
A review of scientific studies into the effectiveness of statins found that around 1 in every 50 people treated with a statin for five years would avoid a serious event, such as a heart attack or stroke.
Statin side effects can be uncomfortable, making it seem like the risks outweigh the benefits of these powerful cholesterol-lowering medications. Consider the risks and benefits.
Cholesterol performs several important functions in the body. Perhaps the most important of these is its role in forming and maintaining cell walls and structures. Cells also need cholesterol to help them adjust to changes in temperature, and it's used by nerve cells for insulation.Additionally, cholesterol is essential for synthesizing a number of critical hormones, including the sex hormones testosterone, progesterone and estrogen.Bile, a fluid produced by the liver, plays a vital role in the processing and digestion of fats. To make bile, the liver uses cholesterol. Your body also needs cholesterol to make vitamin D; in the presence of sunlight, cholesterol is converted into vitamin D.
I won't bore you with the details, but google "athletes die young" to bring up 21,000,000 hits. At least the top dozen are sound studies by respected medics and sports physios.
bored chemist and his partner will confirm it.
this morning I went up to 8 to 12 steps him quite often without taking a breath. I never get terribly out of breath, but I really do think that this increases the workout that I get.