Skip the Elevator Tomorrow: 3 Reasons that Every Step Counts on National Take the Stairs Day
(January 8, 2019) -
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Tomorrow, January 9, is National Take the Stairs Day and the American Lung Association in Iowa is encouraging everyone to skip the elevator and take the stairs.
“Stair climbing burns two to three times more calories than walking or running. In fact, just casually climbing stairs requires 8-11 calories of energy per minute,” said Micki Sandquist, executive director of the Lung Association. “Also, stair climbing lets you exercise without a gym or any equipment. Just take the stairs at home, at work or while shopping.”
Here are three reasons to take the stairs tomorrow for National Take the Stairs Day:
- To Improve Your Health: Stair climbing is a great way to burn calories, but is also a simple way to improve your overall health. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association’s 2018 Physical Activities Guidelines for Americans, experts recommend small changes to daily activities such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The report states that changes like this can increase overall health and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
- To Feel What It’s Like For People with Lung Disease: After a vigorous climb up stairs, you may be gasping for air and your lungs might be burning. While this is temporary for you, this is what it can feel like every day for people living with lung disease. Take the stairs and then educate yourself about lung diseases like asthma, lung cancer and chronic pulmonary obstructive disease that millions of people live with every day.
- To Support Your Community: Take the stairs tomorrow, and then sign up for a Fight For Air Climb to race up some of Iowa’s notable skyscrapers. The Fight For Air Climb in Downtown Des Moines presented by EMC Insurance Companies is set for April 7, 2019. Climb 1, 2 3, or all four buildings in downtown Des Moines for a total of 85 floors, 1,796 steps with hundreds of people to raise awareness and money to fight lung disease. Learn more and register at on the Fight For Air Climb website.
“No matter your reason, please join the millions of people across the nation tomorrow and take the stairs,” said Sandquist.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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