One of our main goals in the Fun, Fit & Free column of our blog is to help you find low cost to no cost ways to live an active lifestyle. When money is low, gym membership fees can feel especially high. But with a creative look to the world around you, you might discover that opportunities to exercise are all around!
This month, since we are focusing on work and labor, we encourage you to really work it, and trade in elevators and escalators for good ole’ fashioned stairs.
Opting for the stairs over more modern means of height climbing can be a time-saving and calorie-burning exercise that you can easily incorporate into your life. In today’s busy world, who has time to wait on crowded elevators to finally reach your floor and carry you off to your destination? The stairs are always waiting and willing to help you get to the top!
As far as the health benefits go, you don’t have to take our word for it. A study by Preventive Medicine found that taking the stairs regularly for 12 consecutive weeks yielded the following the health benefits:
- Increased their stamina
- Reduced waist circumferences by approximately 2%
- Lowered weights by almost 1 %
- Lowered blood pressure
- Lowered “bad” LDL-cholesterol
So go ahead, climb your way to the top. Because after all, there are no shortcuts to success, you have to take the stairs!