Monday, August 30, 2010

Each Step Counts

On a typical day, many of us encounter an elevator or escalator. The vast majority will choose the electrically assisted device which sets up a double-whammy: our health and the environment. 

Studies show taking the stairs helps you burn twice as many calories as riding. And, after a 12 week period, substantial stair use showed improved cardiovascular fitness fitness in young women. 

Elevators and escalators require energy to run. How much? A seemingly simple question with a complicated answer due to the many variables. Let's just leave it at this: if you ride instead of walk you burn earth energy and not human energy. 

It is a win-win for you and the environment to use your body's energy to make things happen instead of relying on anything with a motor to get the job done. Simple? Yes. And, remember... each step counts. 

To up your fun value, consider this experiment conducted in Stockholm. If the steps you take don't make sound, create your own notes. You'll burn extra calories by singing a tune on your way!

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