14 responses

  1. Maina
    December 15, 2008

    Hiya sanjana,

    Could you pls clarify, if climbing stairs effects the knee joints?

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      December 16, 2008

      It all depends on the pace. If you start your routine of avoiding the elevators, Dont expect to climb all ten or more floors at one shot. Start slowly with a few floors then increase the number of floors or add one floor every time you climb.

      Next no jerky movements or sudden changes in the speed. This can hurt sometimes if the pace is changed all of a sudden.

      But climbing uneven stairs is not very good for those who have weak knees. Even stairs will prevent jerky movements.

      I hope it clarifies your doubt. If climbing stairs had bad effects then the machine called “stepper” would not have been at a gym.

  2. pancadua
    April 13, 2009

    yes…..I must agree, this strategy work very well with no cost and safe, thanks

  3. jovi
    April 20, 2009

    can u lose calf fat with stair climbing? m trying tolose my calf fat.. soi just wanna no if it will increase my calf muscle or reduce it! i want to get rid of it all together.

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      April 21, 2009

      Climbing stairs will definitely tone your calf muscles. Women cannot gain muscle as easily as men because of the lack of the hormone testosterone. If you stick to the routine of climbing stairs daily, you can get well toned legs.

    September 24, 2010


    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      September 24, 2010


      There are no speedy ways to weight loss. If you have taken time to gain it, you have to take time to lose it. You can join me for online consultation

    January 12, 2011


    When discussing about climbing stairs as a part of daily exercise, it will be of interest to readers to know that Industrialist Mr.Anil Ambani, Mumbai, apart from his routine exercise of walking and jogging which he does daily, he always climbs up the floors using the stairscase up to a certain floor, to keep himself fit, without using the lift provided.. He also joins the Marathon walks conducted by certain clubs periodically as an aid for maintaining health

  6. Gazelle
    July 14, 2011

    Hi Sanjana

    I’ve been climbing stairs for a couple of weeks. Last Fri, I noticed a strange pain at the right side of my hip which felt like veins being pulled or twisted. It was gone after 2-3 days. Yesterday, after climbing, I felt an intense pain at the back of my knees. The pain subsided after about 1-2mins.

    I’ve noticed that due to the way I turned as I moved from one flight of stairs to another, I’ll pivot on my right leg, so that there’s an awkward twist to my right knee, and most of my weight would be on the right.

    I would like to know if that repeated movement will hurt my veins/knees. I don’t know if stairs climing is suitable for aged people as well due to the ‘turning of the body’ at the end of each flight of stairs. I’m 33, and I climbed about 55 storeys (climbed 11 storeys and repeat this 5 times in about 20mins time).

  7. Divya
    October 14, 2011

    Hi Sanjana,

    Thanks for the info. I started climbing stairs as an exercise mechanism recently. I am not fat but I want my tummy to look toned and flat. My problem areas are my tummy and thighs. I know that climbing stairs targets thighs and I can feel it after my exercises, but do you think this will tone my tummy? Or should I opt for some other exercises for the tummy? I started with 10 mins of stair climbing and gradually started increasing the time. How much time would you suggest for stair climbing as an exercise?

  8. sowmya
    November 9, 2011


    i m sowmya my age is 26 , my weihgt is 70 how to reduce pls suggest , i m doing all execsies but still i m not reducing my weight , suggest me to reduce weight in very short period

  9. Tarana
    January 12, 2012

    Hi somya… i guess i got you ..right?

    heeyi sanjana ur doing a great job..sharing info. in a very simple way..thumbs up for ur site!!

  10. Vinoth Kanna
    June 8, 2012

    Hi Sanjana, Can I climb stairs after lunch? Many suggest not to do..

  11. kamal
    November 1, 2012

    Hi sanjana
    Pls help me I want to loose tummy fat. Pls suggest same diet or workout..

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