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What is it about stairs?

Whilst I can't admit to being able to run a mile (well maybe not even half a mile without a couple of stops), but I do OK on the flat, I am confounded by stairs. We live in a two-storey house and my home office is on the lower level. If I go up the stairs once, I must go up them a minimum of 10 times a day - and frankly it doesn't get any easier.....but at least I can console myself that I am getting exercise due to lifting my body weight with each step. Stay fit. Martin

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I know what you mean Martin.i can potter around all day in the garden,lift some weights in my garage,walk a mile to the shops and back(very very slowly mind).But walk up 1flight of stairs and I am done in ! Can't even talk for a few minutes while I get my breath.!! Damned annoying :(

I can't do stairs or hills - well quite gentle slopes.


My husband the same - he defers going back upstairs unless it is very necessary. But of course some days are worse than others - some days he only stops at the top and like you can't talk while he gets his breath back, other days he has to take 2,3 or 4 stops! You are right though it is exercise! Keep well. TAD xx

Just going down to answer the front door from my first floor flat leaves me gasping -usually there is a slight delayed effect. I now have 90% of my shopping delivered, as it was taking about half an hour to get it from the car to my kitchen. In the very cold weather I don't go out at all. It's a vicious circle, the worse it gets the less you do making you even less fit.



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Will someone try this for me I live in a bungalow

I am my husbands carer and we have just had a stairlift fitted for him as he now cannot walk up the stairs.

This is the way I go up the stairs, as I refuse to use the stairlift whilst I can get up under my own steam.

Go up the stairs on all fours, like a small child would before they are tall enough to use the handrail. This takes the pressure off your legs holding up your whole body and distributes your weight more evenly. I always go up stairs like this

I recently passed out tring to goup the steps of acity centre carpark.Thing was I knew I shouldn't of tried in the first place.


It's nice to see that I am not the only one that gets a lag between doing something and then gasping for air. It's about 30 seconds usually. I can actually run up the stairs, then, 30 seconds later I am on my knees suffocating. What I actually do is up four and have a blow then four more and another blow. Wait a bit then do the last five. That seems to work ok.


Stairs and slopes seem to be a problem for most of us with Lung diseases, have to admit it varies for myself, sometimes I can manage still, then other times the breathing and cough go haywire needing the inhaler. My cough like others above say, has a time delay it sometimes comes on after the event , which I'm told is more asthma like. But the cough is always there just gets worse with heavy exercise. We are all different aren't we?

What fantastic news for you Martin :) I do hope all the tests go well and produce the result you so richly deserve :)

*fingers crossed*

for keeping on keeping on ....


Thanks all for your replies........I have found that if I deep breathe for 15 sec before climbing the stairs I am less puffed.....I agree that my SOB only takes effect after I have climbed the stairs. My OH and I go shopping and carrying up our purchases (I usually get the heaviest :) is typically the most taxing. Ah! Well! thems the breaks. Stay well. Martin

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