No Time to Exercise? Take the Stairs

No More Excuses – Take the Stairs

running stairsResearchers at McMaster University have debunked two of the most popular excuses people use to avoid exercising: not enough time and no access to a gym. They did that by demonstrating that short, intense stair climbing has a surprising amount of health benefits.

In one experiment, a group was asked to climb stairs aggressively in 20 second intervals, while the second group was asked to simply ride an exercise bike for the same length of time. Results showed that the short 20 second bursts of stair climbing were more effective than the exercise bike.

“Interval training offers a convenient way to fit exercise into your life, rather than having to structure your life around exercise,” says study author Martin Gibala. Remember that next time you have the option to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

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