I have always advised my patients that walking is a great exercise. A pair of sneakers and comfortable clothes is all you need to get started. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator has been another of my common suggestions, and as the colder weather quickly approaches, maybe we should consider starting a stair climbing program.
Most of us have access to stairs, either at home, work, or the mall. A great way to begin is climbing the stairs one at a time at your own pace, either holding on to the rail or keeping your hands free. You are using more muscles and burning more calories than walking. It is a vertical exercise, so it is good for muscle strengthening, cardiovascular work, and weight loss. Once you are up the stairs, you must come back down since the descent also has great benefits.
As always, do not start an exercise program unless you have discussed it with your health care provider. Stair climbing can be an easy addition to your exercise program and who knows where it will take you!