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Challenge: take the stairs for better health

I saw something funny when I took the subway recently: It’s a real zoo down there. We all rush around hurriedly scrambling,  pushing and jostling for space. That is, until the point when we reach the escalator. Then we file into a line, squish onto a slow-moving step and wait for it to do all the work. We just stand there squished all together ascending or descending at a snail’s pace, when the stairs right beside the escalator are empty!

I use the subway as an example, but I see this everywhere. Have you noticed too?

Let’s break this habit, shall we? Why not get where we are going faster, and burn a few calories as we go!

Let’s take the challenge to take the stairs. Even just a flight or two a day. I’m going to do it at work and elsewhere — even if I don’t win a prize. While my legs might burn a little at first, I’m sure I won’t regret it. You won’t either once you see how stair climbing can improve your well-being!

Will you take the stairs this month?

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Climb the stairs to better health!

Take the stair climb challenge.

  • Stair climbing can help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Stair climbing requires about 8 – 11 calories of energy per minute, which is high compared to other moderate level physical activities.
  • Even two flights of stairs climbed per day can lead to 6 lbs of weight loss over one year
  • Climbing more than 55 flights per week significantly lowers your risk of mortality
  • There is a strong association between stair climbing and bone density in post-menopausal women
  • Climbing stairs can improve the amount of “good cholesterol” in the blood
  • Stair climbing can help you build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.

Guess what? Stair climbing can contribute to the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity


Take the Stairs

About the author

Alexis Dobranowski

Alexis Dobranowski is a Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook.