Climbing the Stairs Has Multiple Benefits

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

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