Hello, Dyan here (The Health Coach Is In) to stress once again how much taking the stairs, instead of escalators and elevators, can strengthen your legs and improve your balance, poise and stability, so you can enjoy the fun things you're set out to do.
YES, I KNOW.
Escalators and elevators definitely have their place and there are times when their speed and efficiency is unparalleled. But most of the time they are pure luxury for the lazy. So if you commute to work by train or subway, take the stairs instead of the escalator when you arrive to your destination.
If your office is eight to ten flights up, take the stairs. If your office is 50 stories up, take the elevator to the 40th floor and walk the stairs the rest of the way. If you're wearing cute adorable high heels, take them off and put on cute adorable walking shoes.
Grab a railing and take the STAIRS wherever you are; airports, apartment buildings, medical buildings, parking ramps, courthouses and shopping malls, just to name a few.
Taking the stairs is a wonderful weight-bearing movement for strengthening and toning your legs, because you're lifting your body against gravity. Ten flights of stairs equals half a mile of walking or about 2000 steps. One flight of stairs 100 steps.
CAN'T TAKE THE STAIRS?
Then sit-down and stand-up as often as you can. No matter where you are make it a habit to sit and stand (like mini squats) whenever you can. If you're in a waiting room; SIT then STAND and go read a magazine. Or at the park; SIT & WALK... sit a little... walk a little. Or while watching the tube; SIT then STAND when it's a commercial and add a little stretch.
Whatever you do just get off the couch and out of your chair and keep your booty moving.