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Smarter Health: Do You Take The Stairs?
August 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM

One would think after being out and about in this warm weather, I'd have lost a few pounds...yet I have not. So, I've been trying to think of ways to burn a few more calories. I'm going to tackle this in a three-pronged approach. First, I'm going to exercise more: schedule a walk in the park a few times a week while the weather is still friendly. Second, I'm stretching more and tackling yoga (more on this in another post for sure, as my husband has gotten me on this kick). And third: I'm taking the stairs more.

Now, I live on the 23rd floor, so I'm not going to fully embrace this on the home front, but whenever I can, whether at a store or in a shorter building, I try to take the stairs.

And when I've been sitting at the ol' desk for a bit? I get up -- and go up and down a few flights for 10-15 minutes. You may think that doesn't do much but studies have shown that 10 minutes here and there do add up to some big-time health benefits.

How much will I burn on the stairs? Maybe about 50...but doing that five times a day is 250 calories, which isn't so shabby.

How often do you take the stairs? What do you do to increase your workouts?



  • malexander2009
    August 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    Depending on my shoes and what I am doing
  • Madelaine
    August 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    I take the stairs when I can.

  • Jukebox_Jenny
    August 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM
    I generally try to take the stairs, park a little further away etc.
  • Hottmomma607
    August 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Depends on where if its available? And how high up? LOL

  • boobear74
    August 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Sometimes I take the stairs. Depends on whether or not the hubby is with me. He has to use a walker.

  • Hannahsmommy816
    August 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

     there are no stairs at my place or work :/

  • SarahSuzyQ
    August 30, 2012 at 5:09 PM
    I take the stairs when I'm alone... Not as often with my son, that tends to be on the slow side.
  • Kainalu55
    August 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    we don't have many buildings with elevators or escalators, so YES, i take the stairs!

  • wandep
    by wandep
    August 30, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    We have a 2 story house so I take the stairs often. :)

    I also workout at Curves Mon, Tue, Thur, and Fri.

  • powow65
    by powow65
    August 30, 2012 at 7:57 PM
    I do take the atairs

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