Here’s Why You Get Winded Walking Up Stairs

Even if you’re in great shape you might find yourself getting winded after walking up a flight or two of stairs. Luckily, an expert says this is normal. Joe Holder, a Nike running coach, trainer, and performance coach at S-10 Training in New York City explains, “You’re introducing a new variable very quickly. You go from resting to doing something very quickly that’s typically under 10 seconds. That means you’re going to be in an oxygen-depleted environment, and then have to go back to normal; your body takes a second to catch up.” The only thing that will vary from person to person is how long it takes to get winded. To increase how long it takes you to suck wind, you’ll want to take the stairs more often, and up your stamina by doing strenght training exercises at home. (Fox