Why should I take the stairs instead of elevators?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If there are less than 3 flights of stairs to get to your destination, take them. Walking a flight of stairs is one of the best exercises you can do. It builds muscle mass, since you’re fighting gravity, and it burns calories.
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The biggest question is why you shouldn’t take the stairs?  Taking the elevator is understandable, especially if you are injured.  However, why not get exercise when you can and taking the stairs can truly be exercise, especially if you work on the 8th floor!

Sometimes taking the stairs is tough if you are coming from a meeting with your boss and they jump into the elevator.  You may be hesitant to ask for the stairs but I am sure they will appreciate you looking after your health and theirs.  The stairs will benefit most everyone and will be a great way to burn a few calories throughout the day.

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