OGGIES…HERE ARE EXCERPTS FROM AN ARTICLE THAT MAKE OUR POINT ON INTERVAL, OR IN THIS CASE, ACCUMULATED EXERCISE…GET 30-60 MINUTES PER DAY OF MODERATE INTENSITY EXERCISE…CLIMB SOME STAIRS…OFTEN…RUN THEM TOO…GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO TAKE STAIRS….KEEP THE CORE MUSCLES TIGHT AND GET THE EXERCISE THROUGHOUT THE DAY…..
“The new exercise guidelines created by the American College of Sports Medicine in conjunction with the American Heart Association, recommends that we all get 30 minutes of accumulated moderate intensity exercise daily. Now just because this recommendation says “accumulated” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get in 30-60 minutes in one fell swoop. Look at it as your “stuff happens” clause. Ok, on to the benefits of taking the stairs.”
- Stair climbing is possible in many workplaces and requires no special equipment in order to participate.
- There is evidence to suggest that moderate intensity lifestyle activities like taking the stairs may be better than structured vigorous intensity exercise programs.
- Stair climbing can be accumulated across the course of the day, making a significant contribution to 30 minutes of daily physical activity.
- There is a significantly lower risk of health distractions in participants who climbed more than 55 flights per week. 55 flights is not as daunting as it sounds either.
- Stair climbing requires about 8-11 calories of energy per minute, which is high compared to other physical activities.
- Active Stair climbers are more fit and have a higher aerobic capacity.
- There is a strong association between stair climbing and bone density, in post-menopausal women.
- Stair climbing programs can improve the amount of ‘good cholesterol’ in the blood – HDL concentrations.
- Stair climbing increases leg power and may be an important priority in reducing the risk of injury from falls in the elderly.
- Because it’s so easy to do participants have a high level of confidence in their ability. So easy a caveman could do it! >