Walking Up and Down the Stairs
On one hand there is the stairway which we’ll either walk up or down. Second, usually located conveniently to the stairway, are the elevators. Which one do you choose?
Here are a few good reasons to forgo the elevator button and choose the stairs:
- According to Mayo Clinic, physical activity is a must if you want to lose weight. Exercise expends calories, builds muscle, and increases our metabolism which means we’re burning fat. What better way to burn fat at work
- Expending more calories than you consume leads to fat loss. One pound of fat equals 3,500 calories, so you need to burn an extra 3,500 calories to lose one pound.
- Walking up the stairs builds muscle, which plays an important role in fat loss. The stairs work your quads, hamstrings, glutes, hip flexors and calves all in one workout. The more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism is, even when you are at rest.
- We’ve all heard that walking down the stairs does not offer any credit as a physical activity. Au contraire. Each time you walk down the stairs in a controlled fashion, your Tibialis Anterior (the front side of the calf) and Quadriceps (the front side of the thigh) muscles come into play. Each controlled downward step engages these muscles into fat burn mode.
- If you experience shortness of breath or become dizzy, stop and rest.
Lessons learned: Take the stairs next time. You’ll feel it and it will show. Remember: Safety Starts With Me and keep your mind on task and eyes on path. Next week, we’ll talk about how to and how not to negotiate a stairwell.