Taking The Stairs May Help Balance Hormones & Lower Blood Pressure LONGEVITY MAGAZINE FREE E-JOURNAL Taking the stairs has been revealed to be able to help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with menopause such as high blood pressure and leg muscle weakness, according to a study published in the journal Menopause. Effects of climbing stairs were examined on arterial stiffness, blood pressure, and leg strength in postmenopausal women with stage 2 hypertension, effects which had not been analyzed previous to this study. The participants were required to climb 192 steps 2-5 times each day, four days a week. Participant muscle strength was observed to be improved in their legs, and their blood pressure decreased, according to the researchers. Menopause can cause headaches, hot flashes, night sweats, and depression among other symptoms, as well as memory loss, weight gain, and bone disease. Risk for depression increases as a woman’s reproductive hormones begin to decline.