Originally Posted by zoodoo613
I don't really know, but here's my guess. Going up those stairs is harder work for you than whatever your normal exercise it. You're not conditioning yourself for that particular exercise. And it's hard work, pulling your weight vertically, which is what you're doing. Remember potential energy from HS science?
I had a friend who hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, all 2181 miles of it. I joined her for a day hike near the end. After spending all day everyday for nearly 7 months doing nothing but walking with 35 lbs on her back, she told me that she still got winded going up hills, she had never adjusted. I guess it's just hard work.
Disco! (Or Bingo! ... take your pick)
Every step you take you're lifting up your entire weight with one leg! This is completely different than walking, jogging, or eliptical.
Check out this trainer.
Her breathing becomes labored and she is lifting FAR less weight than you ladies. Granted - she is taking bigger steps but you get the point.
So - you want to be able to go up steps without feeling like you're going to die? Do step ups and lunges. 3 sets of what you can manage. Increase your reps per set every workout. Do this three times a week. In a month you'll be ready to kick those steps butt! You don't need to go to the gym to do these. Lunges can be done anywhere. Step ups can be done anywhere there is a step.
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