7 Ways Taking the Stairs Can Help You to Stay Fit

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There is a myriad of benefits that you can derive from using the stairs more often opposed to taking an escalator or lift. For those who don't have time for the gym, simple changes such as these can build up to significant results throughout the week.

  1. Burns More Calories

First of all, the most obvious benefit is that you're going to burn more calories by waking upstairs than staying still on an escalator or lift. The difference may be just 10 or 20 calories per set of stairs, but throughout the day and week, these calories can add up to big results.

  1. Can Help with Mindfulness

When you're standing still, it's easy to turn on your phone to check emails, messages, or other notifications which take you out of the current moment. However, when you're climbing the stairs, you have to take note of your surroundings, people around you, and what you're doing. You can't just switch out of the current moment as you then put yourself and others at risk of injury. By bringing yourself into the present moment, you can reduce stress and anxiety by stopping yourself from focusing on future events and changing your mindset to what's happening right here, right now.

  1. Helps with Sleep

The more activity you do throughout the day, the better your sleep is at the end of it. We all know this from heavy or intense workouts, but the benefits aren't just limited to exercise, the more movement you get throughout the day, the better your sleep is at the end. Therefore, by taking the stairs and walking as much as possible, you'll not only have more extended bouts of sleep but more quiet periods, too.

  1. Trains Your Leg Muscles

The stairs are a great way to build up strength and capabilities in your thighs and calves as well as your ankles, knees, and hips. To climb stairs, you need to have balance, coordination, and strength in your lower body which you may not think challenges your mentality and physicality. 

  1. Can Lead to Extra Activity

Being active encourages more activity throughout the day. Think of it this way; if you were to have a healthy breakfast, then you're less likely to want to ruin this by eating poorly at lunch and dinner. Therefore, eating a healthy meal at the start of the day encourages healthy eating for the rest of the day. The same can be said for activity. The more active you are in one moment, the more active you're likely to be for the rest of the day. Each time that we move, we're increasing our GPP. GPP stands for General Physical Preparedness and essentially means how ready our minds and bodies are for exercise. By choosing more active routes throughout our day, we increase our GPP and encourage ourselves to be more active in our general lives.

  1. Helps with Recovery

Interestingly, it may sound contradictory, but movement helps us to recover. If you've had a particularly tough session in the gym and your muscles are aching, then the answer isn't to remain completely stationary; the solution is to complete the more light activity to help bring blood flow to the areas that need recovery. Blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to our muscles which are vital components of the recovery process. By being more active, we direct more blood around our body and help it to recover from tricky workouts.

  1. Improves Your Mood

Lastly, the activity of any sort is a great way to improve your mental health and cognition. If we're sedentary for too long, then figuratively our brains can begin to deteriorate causing us to be at a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. Not to mention, our minds need activity to function correctly, so there's a good reason behind that midday slump in motivation and capabilities 

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