Not Just For Emergencies

Feb 1 2012 @ 8:00am

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A new study in New York reports that placing a simple sign near elevators encouraged more people to take the stairs:

Stair use increased immediately at all locations by amounts ranging from 9.2% to 34.7%. And it doesn’t seem that tenants and employees got tired of taking the stairs, either. As Karen K. Lee, the author of the study, said, "The gains in physical activity continued to be observed nine months after the signs were first placed." … According to the New York City Health Department, two minutes of stair climbing each day can offset the extra pound of weight the average American adult gains each year. Stair climbing also reduces the risk of stroke, raises your "good" cholesterol levels, and improves cardiovascular health. Oh, and if you’re not in good enough shape to take the stairs, you probably shouldn’t be having sex.

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