Do you remember that your hi-rise building does consist of stairways too apart from the multiple elevator options available ravishingly at the lobby? Mankind is easily swayed away by the luxuries available in today’s world and the elevator is one! Even a 3-year-old child prefers the elevator to the staircase. But now, we’ve been offered a new suggestion-how quickly you climb a flight of stairs determines how long your lifespan could be. Whoa! What an ingenuity in calculating your lifetime with a simple experiment as easy (or as difficult for those who’ve lost touch altogether) as climbing a flight of stairs.
Climb Fast, Help Health Long Last
There is no way to predict our future as it is the gift of nature & life surprises us with twists and turns at every juncture! Still, we can estimate roughly few important things regarding our health and one of the finest means are the stairs.
The first thing that we look for while on a lookout for an apartment is the elevator (especially the backup generator that keeps it running 24*7) even if we are purchasing a flat on the 2nd floor. The look on our face while the lift fails rarely and the huff and the puff given out of breathlessness even before climbing a flight of stairs says it all about your health. Are you one of those who can climb a flight of stairs without pausing or going out of breath? If not, you are into serious trouble.
A new study conducted came with the result that people who can climb four flights of stairs without a pause (in less than a minute) can avoid early deaths in life. Oh no! Climbing one floor is hard work and climbing four floors is a miserable task! But mind you, the research finds that people who struggle to finish this task are at a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and risk from death due to cancer. This is an easy test that requires no expenses and not much time (only less than 1 minute) but only your efforts. You can try it at your home, office or even a restaurant!
A few years back we had an experiment that helped individuals realize that climbing steps can prolong life. Avoiding the escalator/lift is a great was to improve fitness, reduce weight and maintain blood pressure levels. The study also revealed that this reduced premature death due to any cause by as much as 15%. If we had realized the importance of climbing stairs, we would have never reached a stage where the same task exists as a predictor of longevity and heart health.
Face the Reality of the Staircase Drama
Health experts, dietitians and nutritionists recommend individuals to workout at least for 150 minutes a week which means each of us must be active for at least 30 minutes on 5 days of the week. For all those cribbing on lack of time for their health, health experts have even suggested a few practical tips to fulfill at least some parts of their required activity levels. This includes many such as parking the car further away from the parking lot, going to a person directly and conveying the message at office instead of using the phone and above all, using the stairs instead of the elevator. Individuals who have been following at least these guidelines diligently are at a greater chance of escaping from problems related to serious health issues. Get more ideas at www.firsteatright.com on incorporating fitness into your daily life.
Even otherwise, if you have failed the test this is not the end of the world. The test is a reminder of your lack of efforts, failure is the best teacher and maybe its time to visit the doctor. Speak to the doctor regarding your test, get to the real problem at hand and make up your mind to overcome the hurdles by all means. But there are always exceptions. Its recommended to have a word with your physician especially when you already suffer from a health-related condition, is above the age of 40 or suffering from knee problems before taking up the stair test.
Exercising is imperative for a healthy living. It can be as simple as walking or it can even be a sport that interests you. Leading a healthy lifestyle, staying on a nutritious and well-balanced diet and above all, exercising regularly are the finest ways to ensure a health, long life devoid of illnesses.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.