This one-minute stair-climbing test measures whether you’re getting enough exercise

City Women & co

December 06, 2018 at 08:43AM

There?s something about taking the stairs that truly messes with your confidence. You can feel like the most in-shape person in the world, totally killing it during HIIT seshes, turning up the RPM on your spin bike like you?re gunning to win the Tour de France. Then the second you start ascending to the front door of your walk-up apartment, you?re suddenly more winded than you?ve ever been. Well, it turns out all those flights are the ultimate fitness test and can say a lot about whether you have solid exercise capacity—or the ability to handle high levels of physicality—breathless or not.

In a new study published by the European Society of Cardiology, 12,615 participants did a treadmill evaluation to test heart strength by measuring metabolic equivalents (METs). One MET is the amount of energy your body uses to sit quietly (walking is matched with 3…

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