Another month has passed. I continue to drink 12 ounces of water and climb an extra 20 flights of stairs each day.
On the 22nd I went all out. I climbed the 20 flights in just 3 minutes and 50 seconds. I could not have done that back in June.
Since I believe this has become a habit, I felt comfortable doing a couple of marathon runs this month (without the risk of burning out on the stair stepper). Last night I watched the movie Wasabi (subtitled) while stair climbing. That was good for over 200 flights (in addition to the 20 flights I did earlier in the day). It was a fairly leisurely pace. It made me hungry. I ate a large meal afterwards so I'm not sure I lost even an ounce overall, lol. That said, I was doing it as an alternative to just sitting on the couch while I watched the movie.
I do not feel compelled to do the marathon runs. They are not part of my plan. If they happen, they happen. If not, that's okay too.
April 14, 2010
Taking the stairs is a quick step toward fitness
The gains in Dr. Boreham’s study are modest enough that you shouldn’t view taking the stairs as the only thing needed to stay fit. But they offer encouraging evidence that simple decisions to be more active in your daily life can add up to measurable health benefits – even if you can’t climb the CN Tower.
I'm a believer in the theory that small simple decisions can eventually produce large measurable effects. That's why I am posting these weight loss charts.
Dr. Boreham's study covered just 8-weeks of stair stepping. It started off at roughly the same intensity as my plan but became more intense. However, my plan is at the 13-week stage and will hopefully become permanent. So far, so good.
And lastly, no weight loss plan would be complete without some sarcasm.
The researchers are now investigating whether the protocol can be transferred to older adults, using a stepping machine rather than staircases.
I'm 47. Will climbing stairs benefit me too? Can a stepping machine actually replace staircases? I anxiously await the results of the new research, lol.
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