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Health Benefits of Taking the Stairs

The Best Way to Get Up

A new initiative from New York City Health Commissioner, Thomas Farley, is encouraging people to get off of elevators and take the stairs. I think it's great since taking the stairs is an easy first step to a healthier you. Take my quiz and test your knowledge of this heart healthy alternative to the elevator.

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What year was the StairMaster introduced?

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T/F: Taking the stairs will help you live longer.

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How many trips does the average elevator take in New York City every day?

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T/F: Climbing about three flights of stairs a day burns enough calories to offset yearly weight gain.

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T/F: Taking the stairs is faster than the elevator.

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onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
lol, i live on the 28th floor of my building so taking the stairs definitely is not quicker. My elevator takes about 20 seconds to get from the parking garage to my floor, it takes me somewhere around 10 minutes (but i've never timed it).
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
I enjoy taking the stairs and don't particularly like elevators, but I think the claim that taking the elevator takes longer is pretty ridiculous. That's dependent on a lot of factors, including the elevator, the distance, and your fitness/pace. At least include the words "on average".
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
My last job I worked on the 14th and 17th floors of the building - stairs were only for emergency and if you went into the stairwell, you would have to go down to the basement to exit it. Sucked because I always wanted to take the 3 flight of stairs when having to go between floors but it was against building policy. Now I work on the top (4th) floor of my building and we all take the stairs. Nobody but the smokers use the elevator and if you're caught using it, people will say something to you about it (unless you are lugging boxes or something).
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
Stair-climbing: for the impatient and un-lazy. Is patience still a virtue? ;) I usually take the stairs because the elevator makes me a bit nauseous. I'm always disappointed that the stairs are much harder to find, and in some cases not allowed except for emergencies. *humph*
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
Stair-climbing is one of the hardest exercises out there---if you can call it that, because in the real world it is a functional activity, like gardening or cleaning. But it is also such a rewarding one. In my apartment and at work I take the stairs. It can take me some time, but I know it pays off.
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