Kone, ThyssenKrupp and Otis have been highly successful in moving people to their designation office and shopping department locations. Every day we are assessed with the choice of taking the stairs, the elevator or the escalator. The next time you reach the office or shopping mall, add it to your daily routine to take the stairs instead. It’s a cheap and effective way to keep your brain thinking sharp.
“A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” – Joan Welsh
Climbing a few flights of stairs a day can have a surprising impact on your health. Researches found that for every flight of stairs you climb per day, your brain age becomes half a year younger. Adding on, people who incorporated stair climbing into their workday routines had a marked drop in weight and blood pressure after just a few months.
Climbing stairs is a great way to burn fat and amp your core muscles strength in the calves, thighs, buttocks and stomach. It is more effective for toning and strengthening than running because stair climbing forces you to move vertically. Your muscles and bones work harder when moved against gravity. It is also a less impact activity as compared to running which may strain your joints in the long term due to tremendous pressure applied to your knees, ankles and hips.
Start your stairs climbing routine with just a couple of flights per day at the beginning. Walk and if you can, run slowly, but never run down the stairs. As you get better, be more confident while running up and then skip 2 steps at a time, taking a break when needed. Very soon, you may never see the logos of Kone, ThyssenKripp and Otis again.