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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?



  • kirbymom
    August 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM

     I wouldn't be able to get to my bedroom if I didn't take the stairs!  LOL  :)

    I hate and despise the stairs but realize its one of those things that keeps my ticker going strong. I hate the stairs for one reason only, I only ever lived in places where there were lots of stairs when I was pregnant but not when I wasn't pregnant!  lol  :)

  • suziejax
    August 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    a lot of times yes

  • JasonsMom2007
    August 31, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I live in a rural area.  I have a 2 story home and take the stairs here lol.  But in this county buildings are limited to 2 stories so there's not a whole lot of stairs to take.  Most buildings are only one story.  I think only some homes are two.

  • lasombrs
    August 31, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    as long as i dont have hte stroller i always take the stairs :)

  • aneela
    by aneela
    August 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM
    Deps on if I have my son with me or using a stroller
  • critter_boo
    August 31, 2012 at 11:18 PM
    Can't much with my back
  • mom2aspclboy
    September 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Since we live in a two-story, I'm going up & down stairs fairly often throughout the day, but yes, I also take the stairs when I go into an office building if I only need to do 6 flights or less, although I've done as many as 12 when I know the elevators take forever.

  • lil_mama06
    September 1, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Whenever we encounter stairs, we'll take them..I've been doing belly dancing for exercise. It's fun and doesn't make you so sore you can't move..

  • charlene_kyle
    September 1, 2012 at 4:50 PM

     I do not work out .

  • mrswillie
    September 1, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I do every chance I can

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