What is an activity that can be incorporated in virtually everyone’s lifestyle? Well there are many. One of my favorites is taking the stairs on the way up or down. Whether you purposely find a set of stairs to climb or choose the office or high-rise set of stairs you can take advantage of an activity that will help you lose and maintain weight loss.
According to Livestrong.com “Doctors also recommend stair climbing as an ideal way to improve your energy, increase the function of your immune system and lower your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease.” Furthermore “Harvard Medical School reports that stair climbing is an effective way to lose weight and keep it off, since people who walk up stairs, even at a slower pace, burn calories three times faster than when walking at a faster speed on a normal surface.”
Fitness experts say 30-60 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 days per week provides for most optimal health benefits. So why not add some diversity into that activity by adding some stair climbing.
If you have any cardiovascular conditions, or injuries involving your ankles, knees, or hips be sure to consult your doctor. And as always make sure to wear appropriate footwear.
So grab a friend, find an awesome set of stairs, and climb away!