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A Compelling Case for Taking the Stairs

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Spending just two minutes a day climbing stairs can help you avoid gaining an extra pound each year, according to the New York City Health Department. Need encouragement? A new study in theAmerican Journal of Preventative Medicine found that placing a sign that reads "Burn Calories, Not Electricity" next to the elevator increases stair usage by up to 35 percent.

Researchers placed the signs in three buildings—a three-story health clinic, a 10-story affordable housing building, and an eight-story academic building for the study. They found that stair usage increased immediately in all of the buildings. Nine months after the study began, people were continuing to choose the stairs over the elevator. Encouraged by the success of the study, the New York City Health Department has passed out more than 26,000 signs to local building owners and managers.

Go ahead and create signs and reminders for yourself that encourage you to make healthy choices. For ideas, read "4 Ways to Fit More Physical Activity into Your Day."

Tags: Energy, Walking, Conditioning