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Skip the Elevator Ride on National Take the Stairs Day

(January 10, 2017)

On Wednesday, January 11 people across the U.S. will be ditching elevator and escalator rides, and opting for a healthier option: taking the stairs! National Take the Stairs Day— which was started in 2012 by the USA Stair Climbing Association—is a yearly reminder that a healthier lifestyle begins one step at a time.

The timing for this informal holiday couldn't be better. On the heels of New Year's Eve, millions of Americans make resolutions to lose a few pounds, and hoofing it up a few flights of stairs is an inexpensive indoor exercise option during the cold winter months.

"Jogging up, and then down, a flight of stairs is a completely different workout than your typical run," says CJ Thomas, certified personal trainer and owner of Saint Louis Fitness Bootcamp. "You're working your hip flexors, the gluteus medius of your outer thighs, your gluteus maximus, hamstrings, quads, calves and so much more. And taking the stairs will increase calorie burn and stoke up metabolism."

Use this Wednesday as a jumping off point for your training for the American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climbs! Taking place in more than 60 cities across the country, these unique endurance events are hosted in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums and arenas.

Each year, thousands of participants walk, run or race up hundreds of steps in support of the millions of Americans living with lung disease. "Breathing should not be an uphill battle, but for many it is," says Rachel Daigler, Assistant Vice President of Development, Special Events at the American Lung Association. "The Fight For Air Climb is an exhilarating experience for running and fitness enthusiasts, but also a humble reminder that no one should have to fight for air on a daily basis."

Put a goal on your exercise regime, and register for a Fight For Air Climb near you!

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