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Take the Stairs

Want to know how can you improve your cholesterol and your lung function in a mere 11 minutes? Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you climb a couple of flights of stairs for just two minutes, five or six times a day, you’ll be doing your body a great service. Women who did just that in a recent study increased their cardio-respiratory fitness by 17% and reduced their ”bad” LDL cholesterol by 8% in just eight weeks. Cardio-respiratory fitness is a measure of how well your heart and lungs deliver oxygen and energy to your body during physical exertion. Stair climbing forces you to work against gravity, so it’s more strenuous than walking. Getting 30-60 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week should still be your main goal. Stair climbing, whether in the home, office or elsewhere, can be a part of your regular exercise regimen. But stair climbing is not for everyone, especially if you have knee

problems or a heart condition. Check with your physician first.