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Don't emulate Taipei mayor in exercising while unwell: expert

Don't emulate Taipei mayor in exercising while unwell: expert

Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Stair climbing takes more effort than jogging, so people should not try it if they have not trained or are not feeling well, a sports medicine expert said Sunday after this year's Taipei 101 Run Up, in which Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je took 45 minutes to finish, despite not feeling well.

Not until after he had finished the event did he confess that he felt unwell that morning and had gone to the emergency room of National Taiwan University Hospital.

Peng Yu-chang , an assistant professor at the Taipei Medical University, said stair climbing's demands on the cardio-respiratory system are higher that those of jogging or fast walking.

Peng, who is vice chairman of the Special Olympics Chinese Taipei, explained that Ko is a physician and has regular check-ups in hospital, so he knows his own health condition and medical record and has trained for a month, which made it possible for him to finish the run up competition despite feeling unwell. The purpose of exercise is to benefit the health, so if one has a cold, fever, asthma, unstable blood pressure or cardiovascular disease, one should be especially careful when exercising, Peng said. (By Chen Ching-fang and Kuo Chung-han)

Updated : 2021-09-19 07:20 GMT+08:00