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Stairway to Fitness?

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.
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  • SKATER787
    Finally someone got smart, the Mayor. We need to stop putting emphasis on exercise as only 10% of the population has the 'exercise' personality. The other 90% will not exercise, no matter what. Or they will exercise for a time period, then quit. It's not in our nature. A more effective approach is the non-exercise like what the Mayor is doing. If your car is parked 100 yards away, you would walk that everyday to get to the car. Rain, shine or snow, no questions asked. Nothing will stop you. But if you can drive your car into the house as it's the way we build the house, what's the chance of getting out for a walk, even for 100 yards? You're not gonna do it.
    1718 days ago
    Taking the stairs is something I do too, whenever the stairs are handy. It feels good!
    I never really thought it would help that much.
    I'll have to find those stairs now -even if they aren't handy.

    1719 days ago
    Good observation! Glad you have stairs and are smart enough to work them into your day regularly. Honestly, I have very few stairs in my life these days, so I'll just have to work extra hard for fitness other ways.
    1721 days ago
    It all adds up, doesn't it?
    1722 days ago
    I'm a firm believer in stairs and hills and as often as possible! Thanks for sharing this article!
    1722 days ago
    And the stairs aren't nearly as "claustrophobic" as the tiny box of an elevator! emoticon
    1722 days ago
    Good article! I walk up and down 4 flights of stairs to my cycle spin classes. I'm sure the stairs are good for me, too.
    1722 days ago
    Great Article!! emoticon

    emoticon It is sad how many People will ignore the Advice and will continue taking the "Easy Way" to the Top and wondering why they can't Lose or Maintain their Weight.
    1722 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1722 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Ironically, I lived in my family homestead that had stairs up until my knees deteriorated and I could no longer go up and down them safely. It was sad to move out :( The places I moved into meant I didn't need to use stairs and my many surgeries made this convenient, however I will always use the stairs now instead of an elevator, and I really enjoy step classes. But it is hard on the knees and not a great idea for anyone with knee or balance issues..
    Here is to stepping into fitness!
    1722 days ago
    1723 days ago
    Small things like taking the stairs, sitting less, parking further from the store/gym/work can add up. Like the fractions of cents that add up to big bucks in Superman (II?) (also in Office Space too).
    1723 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I live in a house with three stories..I often do walks up and down the stairs with my cats chasing a ribbon. Those little things add up. Using the stairs is a good idea...So is parking far away from the store in a lot.

    Thanks for a good reminder about the importance of exercise and the value of tiny steps.
    1723 days ago
  • NANCY-
    I loved the line:
    "We have good intentions, but we’re creatures of habit and need reminders to try out new behaviours."
    (the above also applies to your previous blog)

    Just a tiny bit of encouragement goes a long way. Stairs cases and I have a strange relationship. After falling down an entire flight, I get a bit wobbly in the knees on staircases. Going up is not really much of an issue, but going down... sometimes I have to do it backwards.
    Fear made me seek out new solutions. Besides old elevators can be scarier than the stairs.

    1723 days ago
    here's to small things that add up!
    1723 days ago
    No stairs where I work, darn it! But always up & down our stairs in our house.

    When staying in a hotel I always ditch the elevator for the stairs, except when loaded down with luggage...lol!

    1723 days ago
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