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6 Reasons to Take the Stairs 1. Stair Climbing Burns More Calories Than Jogging Yes, it’s true: studies have shown that stair climbing, which is 2. Stair Climbing Reduces the Risk of Stroke According to results from the Harvard Alumni Health Study, which enrolled 3. Stair Climbing Improves. CLIMBING STAIRS HELP FIGHT LAZINESS AND A SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE We are not against sitting down, but we are against sitting down at work for 8-9 hours all your professional life. Everyone that has sat down all their career can and will tell you this.

Take a walk when you can, run if you must! But at work, why not take the stairs?Whether it’s opting to take the stairs instead of staying in a crowded smelly elevator, going to a shop instead of getting online deliveries, meeting with friends or getting up to talk to colleagues instead of only communicating over the phone or email, or even by walking short distances instead of taking the bus, we could all add some extra activity in our lives. 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Take The Stairs. AFV Published March 24, 2016 372 Plays.

Subscribe Share. 1 rumble. Embed Share. Rumble / Compilations — More and more people are starting to take the stairs instead of the elevator in an effort to get in a little exercise throughout the workday.

Well for those of us who still prefer to take the. 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Take The Stairs America’s Funniest Home Videos • March 24, 2016 More and more people are starting to take the stairs. If you’re interested in getting healthy in a really easy way, take a look at these great reasons to start taking the stairs today.

To Build Strong Legs. Taking the stairs will help you build incredible legs. It requires every muscle within the leg to climb stairs.

And the higher that you climb, the more fatigued and worked your leg muscles will be. The stairs allow you to accomplish cardio, toning, and muscle building all at once! WEIGHT LOSS: Stair climbing uses the largest muscles in your body to continuously carry your own body weight up throughout the entire workout, which means more calories burned!Here are five reasons why taking the stairs helps you stay fit: 1. It’s a free workout – Paying a bomb for the gym is not your style?

Hit the stairs! A mere seven minutes a day of climbing the stairs halves the risk of a heart attack over ten years. It can help greatly in preventing weight gain and keeps you healthy. If you’re like me and never take the time to exercise, walking up the stairs every once in a while is actually a really good idea. (Especially after I realized how out of shape I am. Seriously, it’s bad!) And in my attempt to get a months worth of exercise, I came across some much needed motivation!

Here’s why you should choose the stairs!Taking the stairs also positively impacts your mental health ��‍♀️��‍♂️. Not only has regular exercise been linked to mental health, but while you’re walking up those flights and flights you can challenge yourself in small ways that keep your brain occupied.

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Rationale: Prevents individual from having to walk part of stairs in dark.

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Because climbing stairs is hard work and too many steps can be tiring, multi-storied buildings and long flights of stairs should have landings to give people a chance to recover.

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In addition, her immobility, bone pain, and stairs are also risk factors for falling because of muscle weakness caused by lack of exercise and pain and the risk of attempting to perform an activity she no longer can do safely.

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In addition, going down stairs enables people to see how far the drop is, and this can make frail or injured people feel vulnerable and inhibited.

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To minimize impact injuries, stairs,

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You only take the stairs when the elevator is out of order, and anytime friends or family ask you to go for a walk, you find a convenient excuse to turn them down (wrong shoes, knee hurts, other commitments).

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Recalling that stairs are associated with an increased risk of falls will direct you to option 3.

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Stairs present the additional danger of people tripping and falling.

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Other users face the risks of slipping or tripping on stairs.

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Interestingly, oneand two-step stairs prove more hazardous than multiple steps; this is not because one falls as far as a full floor-to-floor stair, but because fewer stairs are more difficult to see—and the most dangerous steps/stairs are the ones you don’t see.

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  • Remember once getting stuck behind an elderly lady on a flight of steps in the old Newport Bus Station.  Felt uncomfortable about saying “Excuse me” so just ended up having to go down slowly behind her.   It made me think of this clip of course

  • Stairs are an amazing and free workout and as you said, dont take much time since you really get your heart rate up and push yourself hard.. at least I do.

    I just came back from visiting someone in the Silverlake/Echo Park area of L.A and wanted to get in a workout so I ran some hills then came across a super long set of stairs that led me up to a whole other street and part of the neighborhood. I was stoked! got in a fantastic heart pumping, leg/butt burning whole body workout, thanks to that super long set of stairs.

    Great video, thank you! �� By the way, is this set of stairs and video in downtown San Diego? It looks like it… that’s where I’m from ������✌��

    Edit: Just looked at your bio in the description link below and yup, you’re in San Diego! In fact, I think I’ve seen you guys before running stairs in downtown. Great job and content you guys, keep it up����

  • Hello Doctor Jo. I’m having serious difficulties in going up stairs which is a limitation. even though we may try to avert stairs they are always around. I use an orthoprosthetic brace on my right leg. use it for many years now, and they always have to be replaced as they get old. this new one I am using has ischiatic support which the previous one did not. it improves my posture walking and general fatigue and tiredness but I did not know or considered that it would be a limitation when going up stairs. as I do not have a great knee control I use it knee locked to walk. what can I do to ease my going up stairs? any techniques I can do? It is impossible to avert stairs always, as going up to a bus or any other transportation is impossible. if I try to go up stairs with the leg stretched my foot gets stranded on the step and can not climb. I can unlock the knee for the brace, but because I don’t have great control am afraid to fall. thank you and best regards

  • I have a full leg cast and can’t put any weight on it and they didn’t give it any bend so its longer than my good leg and I can’t walk up or down the stairs

  • Thanks for the video. I will definitely try to include the exercises suggested in my daily routine. I am based in Mumbai, India and start off my stairs climbing exercise while I reach work by climbing 7 floors of my office building from basement to the 6th Floor followed by walking down the stairs till ground floor at 12.30 pm and climbing back again 6 floors and finally at 4 pm again with the same down and up the stairs which makes it about 19 floors of climbing daily apart from my regular gymming for 3 days and 2 days of Martial Arts. This has kept me control my weight and stay fit even at the age of 45.

  • I injured my left foot 2.5 years ago by dropping a composite deck board on my foot when we where building our new deck. I have a high tolerance for pain and continued walking on it. A few months later, I went to my podiatrist who ordered Xrays. They did not show the fracture. I managed the pain in my foot by changing my gait and not bending my foot. It wasn’t until 2 years later that my pain began increasing and I requested a MRI. It showed a fracture of the proximal second metatarsal. I wore a boot 6 weeks and it began feeling better. I was told that xrays showed it was healing. The podiatrist and orthopedic doctor released me. After about 2 weeks of not wearing the boot, pain came back and now the pain is more frequent but not severe. I began doubting that the bone was healed. (The break did not show up in xrays, so why would doctors rely on xrays to show that it was healed?) I am disappointed in the podiatrist and orthopedic doctor and don’t trust them now. I have seen a new podiatrist and had a MRI yesterday (no results yet). Do you think that my feelings of distrust in the first 2 docs is justified?

  • There is an exercise for your toes where you put a towel down, and just try to crumple the towel up with your toes. I would say that is more a strengthening exercise instead of a stretch though. I will try to get a toe/foot cramping video up soon!!

  • Hey Doctor Joe,

    So I think I have level 2 ankle sprain and my ankle is really wobbly and I can’t do it like what u did what do you think I should do because my room is upstairs so ya.

    Thanks Doctor Jo

  • The VA is doing my TKR in September. Currently I can’t use stairs without crutches. Assuming all goes well, will I be able to go up and down stairs without a cane or use of rails. There is a building where I go to for jury duty that has a wide outside staircase but nothing to hold onto.

  • Sure! I have a blog post about foot cramping on my website if you want to check it out in the foot/ankle section. In the meantime, you can check out my plantar fasciitis video. Those stretches should help with the foot cramping! Good luck!!

  • how do I go up and down the stairs when I’m a heavier guy and I cannot put any weight on my bad leg and I cannot bend it or Lift it in any way might have torn acl or another tendon and possible torn quadricep that has rolled up into my leg and i live alone

  • I have a patient with bilateral Bledsoe in full extension after quad rupture and repair. Upper body is strong and patient wbat. Any suggestions besides scooting? Patient has study railings on each side but too far apart to reach both. Trying to figure out a way to do it upright for 3 steps, any tips?

  • Hi Doc! Will this work if I have a fractured fibula (undergo surgery) amd advised by my doctor touse aircast. I could use my weight while walking. Thanks

  • thanks alot alot and alot <3,,, but excuse me doctor how would i know if i go up and down correctly? did you mean as in this video? i tried but it is a little bit make my steps slowly:((.. my problem is i am trying to Get off my weight in " the fats beside thighs"",Buttocks and the Backside.........:((( please hellpp mee with fast thing at least i wanna see change in one month:'(

    thanks..

  • Everyone saying that Maren Morris’s voice is the same as Camila Cabello’s:
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    Me: Realizing that Lele Pons’ fake is pretending to be a good girl, just because it’s in the clip.

  • I searched ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and I somehow got this!
    Although it wasn’t what I intended to watch but still… we can’t say ‘no’ to good music.
    Right?

  • I have Charcot foot. I feel safer going down the stairs backwards starting with my good leg like I’m climbing down a ladder. Like you did going up only in reverse.

  • seems so simple, but people don’t realize how uncomfortable or fearful you get about stairs when you have a knee injury. Thanks for the video!

  • It’s like the time we got into a huge traffic jam, and my dad saw a small road, so he went up that road. And we ended up at the end of the line of cars again.

  • Thank you, it’s very helpful. I strained a periformis muscle and the stairs in my apartment complex were KILLIN’ me!! I’ve no idea, nor does my PT, how I did this, once on the right side last month, now on the left side.:( So now I’m being much more careful during the healing process.

  • omg………… the angle that you placed the camera made it look like the stairs to my house even the handles or what ever ate the Same Coler that hallway and that door is the hallway to my kitchen and the door is the bathroom

  • I shattered my left ankle and am just now putting 50% of my weight on my foot, using a walker.  Any advice on how to navigate stairs when your injured foot cannot take all of your weight?

  • Hi, I fractured my ankle a couple months ago and I just started walking on it with crutches a few days ago. I’m suppose to start work next week and I have to go up and down stairs to get in and out of the house. My problem though is my cam boot is so big it goes over the edge of the stairs and only fits if I turn it sideways. What would be the best way to use the stairs with this problem?

  • I just love the view on the top,,, it’s so inspiring finishing the workout and than take a deep breath watching the view for a while…