Monday, August 05, 2013
Can taking the stairs (rather than the elevator) contribute significantly to fitness?
Apparently, it can:
What I liked best about this article: the reminder that as little as 100 calories a day (burned, or not eaten) can be the difference between weight loss maintenance and weight loss regain. And it's not just weight: it's aerobic fitness, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure that all benefit from taking the stairs.
I work in an office building without an elevator and my office is on the second floor, although I often meet with clients on the ground level. (Cartoon also in today's Globe contrasts a cheerful guy striding off an "elevator" and with a depressed guy slumped on the floor of a "depressor"!) I live in a three-storey house, with my bedroom on the third floor. Lots and lots of stairs: and I'm not looking to downsize into a bungalow any time soon either.
Taking the stairs is just a small thing. But: it's the small stuff that counts, over time.