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Smarter Health: Do You Take The Stairs?

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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?


by on Aug. 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Sep. 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

 Sometimes I take the stairs.

by on Sep. 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I take them down sometimes, lol.

by on Sep. 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I take them whenever i can

by on Sep. 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I'm always the one who will take the stairs and also use the parking spaces further from the door.

by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM

 inside, yes
Winter/late fall/early spring, yes

outside in vegas summers, no

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by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Whenever possible :)

by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 8:30 PM

 Two of the bedrooms are upstairs, so yes, I take the stairs.

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