The Duke Wellness program is based upon research that shows using the stairs over a period of months has significant health benefits. A study in European Heart Journal followed 69 hospital employees who stopped using the elevator and started climbing the stairs for roughly 90 days. Those employees reaped the following benefits:
- Body fat dropped 1.7%
- Waist circumference dropped 1.8%
- Blood pressure fell 2.3%
- LDL cholesterol fell 3.9%
- Lung capacity went up 8.6%
People who are regular stair climbers generally live longer and have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who take the elevator instead.
A Harvard study estimated that 8 flights of stairs per day could reduce your death rate by as much as 32%. Furthermore, stair climbers have better leg strength and aerobic capacity than those who take the elevator, leading to a greater quality of life and save money on medical bills