One of my recommendations to those starting out is “1 up, 2 down.”

What that means is to get off of the elevator 1 flight below or 2 flights above your final destination and walk up 1 flight or down 2.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t think that you can suddenly go from a couch potato to climbing 7 flights.  In a few weeks, you can add a flight… and then another…

Vigorous activity like stair climbing has been associated with reduced premature death from heart disease in a large study.

Dr. Ellis on the Spanish steps

Step climbing at the gym

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com 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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