• Consumer Health: 7 simple stairway exercises for a healthier heart and body

a close-up of a person's lower legs and feet walking up a colorful set of stairs

You don't need expensive gym equipment to get a good workout. Research shows that stair-climbing helps strengthen and tone your leg muscles. It keeps your leg arteries flexible, allowing blood to move more easily. Better blood flow in your legs equals a healthier heart and body.

A simple stroll up and down the stairs gives you an aerobic workout. But you can get an even greater health boost by adding a few moves related to resistance and balance.

Step up your daily exercise routine with these seven simple stair exercises.

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