Do the Fitness Math: Gym vs. Stairs - WSJ.com
Jay Jamison stashed this in Just 'Cuz
Ask your doctor if getting off your ass is good for you.
My Take-away from this article: Walk more, Stand more, Sit less.
"We've been very focused on exercise and making sure you get your half-an-hour a day of moderate and vigorous physical activity. But what we've not focused on so much is how you spend the rest of your day," says Bonnie Spring, director of the Center for Behavior and Health at Northwestern University.
Americans on average take 5,117 steps a day, according to a 2010 study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. A good daily goal, by contrast, is 10,000 steps, according to the American Heart Association and other experts. Research studies have found that such a regimen results in modest weight loss, improved glucose tolerance in people at risk of developing diabetes and other benefits, says David Bassett Jr., co-author of the 2010 study and a professor in the department of kinesiology, recreation and sport studies at the University of Tennessee.
Walking a mile roughly equals 2,000 steps. Climbing a flight of stairs—roughly 10 steps—is equivalent to taking 38 steps on level ground, Dr. Bassett says.
Exercise matters less than staying active all day. Walking and standing are great intraday activities.
Read this and had to raise the standing desk! :)
Joyce just commented out loud that the WSJ article is common sense to anyone with a sit-stand desk.
Absolutely. Same for anyone who's lived in a walking-centric city like NYC or Tokyo. You walk so much in those cities to avoid the congestion & cost of driving that it naturally drives improved health.
Stairs is da best way to burn calories and get toned but it's hard on your knees. My knees were popping for at least a year from using the stair master for a long time