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By Devaki

Do not use the elevators. Climb the stairs and arobics,cholesterol,elevator,exercise,fitness,stay fit, remind the experts from Ireland. They advise us to use staircase at least once or twice over the course of a workday.

Colin Boreham, the professor from the University College Dublin Institute for Sport and Health, says that stair-climbing is one among the few everyday activities at a moderate to high intensity which one can do surreptitiously. It does not require any equipments or a particular time, as it can be done as a part of our daily routine. It requires only the willingness to avoid the lift and take the effort.

Boffins included eight undergraduate women to undertake an eight-week program, which started with climbing a 199 step staircase twice a day and five days a week, by climbing 90 steps in a minute. This helped the stair-climbers to increase their aerobic fitness by 17 percent and reduce the harmful LDL cholesterol by 8 percent.

They all were climbing averagely five times in a whole day which gave them the benefits of doing ten minutes exercise a day. “Climbing the stairs is at such a high intensity and it accomplishes health adaptations in a shorter period. It is handy if we like our exercise in short bites," says Dr. Boreham.

Story first published: Monday, April 19, 2010, 16:25 [IST]
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