01 09 10

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I LOVE taking the stairs

Call me crazy but I LOVE taking the stairs. One of my pet peeves is when someone who is fully capable of walking up stairs takes the elevator up one floor. I understand when the elderly, injured, or someone whose hands are full take the elevator but there is no excuse for someone who is just lazy. My office is only 2 stories high and my desk sits right beside the elevator. You would be shocked at how many times I hear the phrase, "There are too many stairs so I am just going to take the elevator."

Granted, these are the stairs at work (at Christmas, of course) but it takes a shorter amount of time to walk up the stairs then it does to wait for and ride the elevator:

Women's Health Magazine reported some benefits to taking the stairs over the elevator:
In a study published in the European Heart Journal, 69 hospital employees used the stairs exclusively for 12 weeks. Here are the ways they benefited, on average:

Lung capacity: up 8.6 percent
Body fat: down 1.7 percent
Waist circumference: down 1.8 percent
Diastolic blood pressure: down 2.3 percent
LDL (bad) cholesterol: down 3.9 percent

Duke University reported these benefits:
Enjoy the benefits of taking the stairs everyday:
  • No special equipment is needed
  • Stair climbing can be accumulated across the course of the day, making a significant contribution to the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity
  • There is a significantly lower risk of mortality when climbing more than 55 flights per week
  • Stair climbing requires about 8 - 11kcal of energy per minute, which is high compared to other moderate level physical activities.
  • Active stair climbers are more fit and have a higher aerobic capacity
  • Even two flights of stairs climbed per day can lead to 6 lbs of weight loss over one year
  • There is a strong association between stair climbing and bone density in post-menopausal women
  • Climbing stairs can improve the amount of "good cholesterol" in the blood
  • Stair climbing increases leg power and may be an important priority in reducing the risk of injury from falls in the elderly
  • Stair climbing can help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Stair climbing can help you build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.
Who doesn't LOVE improving their health while getting to where they are going? What have you fallen in LOVE with today?
LOVE, sje

1 comment:

Did you fall in love with this too? Let me know!