Friday is “National Take the Stairs Day,” an initiative that offers a simple way to begin getting healthier by encouraging the public to take the stairs and burn more calories rather than the elevator.
Walking stairs is a low-impact cardiovascular workout that also builds strength in your quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteal muscles. Stair climbing for just 10 minutes, three times a day, will total 30 minutes of heart-strengthening exercise, putting you well on your way to becoming fit.
In addition to benefiting your physical health, walking has a positive impact on mental health. Endorphins released through exercise make you feel happy and calm, and over time your ability to focus and concentrate will improve.
As always, anyone starting a new exercise or activity plan of any type should consult a physician before doing so.