Jan 9, 2024 Step Up Your Game: Why Taking the Stairs Elevates Your Health

Happy National Take the Stairs Day!

Next time the opportunity presents itself, step up your game by skipping the elevator. Taking the stairs is a simple way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and can contribute to a healthier lifestyle in numerous ways.

Here are just a few benefits that cardiologist, Jeffrey Lander, MD, FACC, Co-Director of Sports Cardiology for RWJBarnabas Health and Medical Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, shares with us.

  • Cardiovascular Health. Regular stair climbing can improve cardiovascular fitness by strengthening your heart and lowering the risk of heart disease.
  • Mental Health. Physical activity releases endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce stress levels.
  • Burn Calories. Climbing stairs burns more calories than walking, contributing to weight management and increased metabolism.
  • Muscle Strength. When using the stairs it engages major muscle groups like your calves, quads, and glutes, enhancing strength and toning these muscles.
  • Improved Endurance. Incorporating stairs into your routine can enhance endurance levels, making everyday activities easier.
  • Bone Health. Choosing to take the stairs can help maintain bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.