Taking the Stairs Can Help You Lose Weight

Take the Stairs!

Some things that can be really useful to our weight loss efforts are staring us right in the face, yet we ofen fail to see them This chapter looks at a really simple form of exercise that you can do for free. It’s not only easy, but when you get into a routine of doing this always, you will be amazed at the positive results in weight lost and fitness improved that it can bring.

It’s pretty obvious, but taking the stairs used to be something everyone did before the arrival of an elevator in every building. These days far too many people avoid the stairs and take that elevator, even if its only one floor up or down. Now clearly that’s silly, unless you have a physical problem that prevents you from using the stairs. How lazy is it to ride just one floor in an elevator?

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Very lazy! And it’s a contributing factor to people becoming overweight. Okay, it may be a small contributing factor, but when you have become overweight and want to do something about it, such as reversing the trend and getting back to your ideal weight, then every small thing that you can do to help it along is a good thing.

Well, if one of those things is taking the stairs instead of being lazy and taking the elevator for only one or two floors, then do it! If you really want to make a difference to your fitness levels, run up those stairs, don’t just walk!

Running up a flight of stairs burns calories because you are forcing your leg muscles to work hard to push your body up a steep incline. It gets your heart racing and forces you to breathe harder. That all contributes to sending some of your blood sugar to those muscles for energy and when you do it as a regular exercise, the muscles strengthen and use more energy.

When I worked for a corporate company many years ago, I used to work on the fourth floor and

stopped taking the elevator when I realized I was getting overweight. I started by climbing the stairs at a fast walk and graduated to running all the way up. Not just every day, but I was actually up and down those stairs several times every day. That’s because I was always going to or from meetings on different floors as well as having to go all the way to the ground floor to the canteen for coffee! It wasn’t long before I could run all the way from ground floor to fourth floor and walk into my office without being out of breath. Consequently, that particular strategy helped me to lose the eight pounds I needed to get back to my correct weight.

The upshot of that particular exercise meant my legs were much stronger, my waist also became slimmer and I had a great looking backside (as the girls often remarked on when they thought I wasn’t listening)! It works the same way for a woman, too by the way.

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