Training effects of short bouts of stairclimbing in sedentary young women

Rodney Kennedy, Colin Boreham, Marie Murphy, Ian Young, William Wallace, Mark Tully

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One strategy advocated to meet the current physical activity guidelines is to accumulate activity in short bouts throughout the day. The efficacy of this approach has been demonstrated experimentally using 10-minute bouts of activity; however, it remains unclear whether accumulating very short bouts of exercise lasting approximately 2 minutes can also confer health benefits. PURPOSE: To investigate the training effects of eight weeks of stairclimbing on VO2max, blood lipids and homocysteine in sedentary, but otherwise healthy young women. METHODS: Fifteen women, aged 18.8 ± 0.7 yrs (mean ± SD), were randomly assigned to control (n = 7) or stairclimbing (n = 8) groups. Stairclimbing was progressively increased from one ascent per day in week 1 to five ascents per day in weeks 7 and 8. Training took place 5 d wk-1, on a public access staircase (199 steps), at a stepping rate of 90 steps min-1. Each ascent took approximately 2 minutes to complete. Subjects agreed not to change their diet or lifestyle over the experimental period. RESULTS: Relative to controls, the stairclimbing group displayed an increase in VO2max (+4.5 ± 3.7 mL·kg·min-1, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S373
JournalMedicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2003


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