One up, two down

Stair climbing is excellent exercise.  Aerobic (gets your heart rate up), plus some strength training for the legs.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so start slowly.  For a month, try to take the stairs one flight up, or two flights down, before getting on that elevator.

After a month, try “2 up, 3 down.”  And progress from there….

Climbing stairs

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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  1. Thought provoking article @
    “Stair use offers a promising intervention for increasing physical activity, because it involves a lifestyle choice that must be made (people must get to their destination), and it requires no personal financial cost.
    Stairs in United States buildings are frequently hidden from entrances with small signs denoting their location, mainly in connection to fire exits. Using the stairs is usually seen as a way of escaping from fires rather than as a recommended daily activity. To comply with State Fire Marshal regulations, stairs are usually guarded by heavy, spring doors, without air conditioning, and are noncarpeted.
    In this article, several suggestions to change the architectural design in buildings to be more physical activity-friendly are discussed.

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