No Time for Exercise? Resolve to Take the Stairs

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: General Health, Weight Loss
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A couple weeks ago, I explained why interval training is the best exercise for anyone who made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. I hope you’re keeping up your resolve.

However, if you’re beginning to find it difficult to maintain an intense exercise routine, I want to encourage you not to give up. Instead, scale back your goals a bit and find ways to work exercise into your daily routine.

For example, simply resolve to take the stairs, instead of using the elevator or escalator.

I know, you’ve heard that one a million times—but that’s because it works. Fitness routines don’t need to be as strenuous as you think. 

A study in the journal Obesity found that stair-climbing burned more calories per minute than jogging and descending stairs was just as beneficial. Another study, in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found that women who climbed stairs for eight weeks saw cardiovascular improvements and lower LDL cholesterol levels.

Remember, in the time you waste waiting for the elevator, you could be on the way to a healthier you.

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