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Take the Stairs Campaign

Why Take the Stairs?

Fitting physical activity into a busy lifestyle can be a challenge. Taking the stairs is a simple way to add more physical activity into your day and can significantly contribute to the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day.

Not only does stair climbing help individuals manage their weight by burning calories, it can also help reduce the risks associated with heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases.

Taking the stairs can:

  • Improve your heart health. It can help raise the levels of good cholesterol in the blood.
  • Help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Taking the stairs burns twice the amount of calories as walking. Taking 6 flights of stairs per day can accumulate to 18 lbs. of weight loss over a span of a year.
  • Contribute to building and maintaining healthy bones. It can enhance bone density and assist in the prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Help you build and maintain healthy joints and muscles. People who frequently take the stairs have greater leg strength in comparison to non-climbers.
  • Help you breathe better and have a higher aerobic capacity. Taking 3-4 flights of stairs at a moderate pace utilizes your heart and lungs similar to a 10 minute walk.
  • Reduce stress and tension. When you take the stairs, you release endorphins that help relieve stress and other negative feelings.

Improve Your Overall Health One Step at a Time… Take the Stairs Today!

If you are unable to take the stairs. Look for other opportunities to add more physical activity into your day.

 

Participate in the Take the Stairs Challenge

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