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A Simple Step

As simple as it sounds, the simplicity of stair climbing is actually a unique form of exercise that can have a powerful and positive impact on your health.

Most of us think of exercise as only rigorous sports or strength training, however scientific evidence shows that everyday activities like walking and climbing stairs are most closely associated with improved health. This is not to say that you should avoid exercising – it’s just that taking the stairs is a simple and effective way to improve your health, and avoid being stuck in a malfunctioning elevator.

  • Seven minutes stair climbing a day can halve the risk of heart attack over 10 years

  • Climbing just eight flights of stairs a day lowers average early mortality risk by 33%

  • Just two minutes extra stair climbing a day is enough to stop average middle age weight gain

Taking the stairs helps slightly raises our heart rate, as opposed to strenuously raising the heart rate with sometimes overly rigorous exercises, which alternately helps protect against high blood pressure, weight gain and clogged arteries.

Taking the stairs also exercises our bones and our muscles by improving strength, bone density and muscle tone. This is especially important for women in sedentary office jobs as women have a significantly higher osteoporosis risk than men.

So next time you have the choice between that flight of stairs or the elevator – choose the latter – aka: the stairs.

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