Wednesday Dec 14, 201103:08 PM GMT
Taking the stairs faster, healthier
Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:10PM
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Canadian researchers say taking the stairs instead of the elevator not only improves health and weight control but may also save more time.

The team found that despite the widespread belief, using the stairs especially in busy works places and residential buildings may save more time on average.

Although many people know the benefits of regular exercise, many of them are not much successful in putting it in their daily or even weekly schedules.

Health experts, however, suggest sedentary people make mindful and healthy changes in their lifestyle such as taking the stairs and lowering the use of remote controls and household machines.

In their recent study, Dr. Thomas Wilson and colleague at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon found that doctors who took the stairs instead of the elevator saved 15 minutes on average in a workday.

They measured the time it took for each individual between 26 to 67 years old to make 14 different trips on the stairs and to make those same trips via the elevator on different weekdays.

The longest journey ran from the ground floor to the sixth floor with all participants walking up and down the stairs.

Findings revealed that doctors were much quicker when they took the stairs, authors wrote in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

On average, climbing one floor took 13 seconds which was much faster than the elevator trip which took about 37 seconds. All 14 stairway trips took a grand total of 10 minutes, on average. Using the elevator took 20 to 25 minutes on average.

"People should seriously consider taking the stairs," Wilson suggested. "I think we're all in the habit of just punching the elevator button."

Naturally, for people who work on an upper floor of a high-rise, climbing to the office may not be an option but for healthy individuals climbing a few flights is within reason, he noted.

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