Workplace Wednesday-Stair case to health
Most people probably spend half of their waking hours at work. Many sit at a desk or machine for most of the day, and others drive a vehicle on the job or to commute. It is likely that people who are sedentary at work are also sedentary in their leisure time. It is vital, therefore, to find ways of increasing physical activity at and around work. The biggest problem is finding time. Work, family responsibilities and other priorities interfere with the time a person might spend on physical activities.
It’s no secret that Canada’s work force is aging — and doctors say that the best ANTI-AGING “pill” is regular physical activity .In the light of our desire to be physically active and the constrains that face us, the stair case, can be an easy way to incorporate physical activity into our workday.
Using the stairs requires no special skill, equipment or clothing and it burns twice as many calories as walking. Step right up!!
- Daily living activities like climbing the stairs can make a significant contribution to the 30 minutes of exercise we all need daily. It could be accumulated a bit at a time or one stairway at a time, spread at intervals throughout the day. Do it your way!
- Physical activities like stair climbing are a great way to cope with job-related stress
- Climbing just two flights of stairs everyday could result a loss of 2.7kg or 6 lbs per year. Six flights a day could help you trim nearly 18 lbs. Why Weight?
- Adding stairs to your day can add years to your life. Studies show that risk of cardiovascular disease and death is lower among those who take the stairs regularly. Also they have greater leg strength and aerobic capacity, allowing them to participate more fully in a wide range of daily activities.
- Taking the stairs is often faster than waiting for an elevator during peak usage times. Take the test and time your trip. Often for trips of 7 floors or less, the stairs are the quickest way to your destination.
Stair climbing is a ‘green’ activity; the only energy source used is what is stored in our bodies, indeed, it is good for you and the environment!
A Word of Caution
Though the stair case is better, like all physical activities, it might not be the best for some people, For instance, those with pulmonary hypertension, stairs could be potentially deadly. Also for, people with knee trouble, taking the elevator just make sense.
Finally, be safe! Use the stair rails to avoid falls and injuries. Start by taking one flight up or two down and then slowly build on your accomplishments until using the stairs becomes a habit
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