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People Taking Stairs Expected to Live Longer

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Updated: Friday, May 08,2009, 10:22:02 AM
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People taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, can expect to live longer, according to a Swiss study published on Monday. 
Regularly walking from floor to floor in an office building decreased mortality risk by 15 percent, said Philip Meyetcmwell.com

People taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, can expect to live longer, according to a Swiss study published on Monday. Regularly walking from floor to floor in an office building decreased mortality risk by 15 percent, said Philip Meye...


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Using the stairs improves fitness, body composition, blood pressure and lipid profiles, Meyer was quoted as saying by news website Swissinfo.

People taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, can expect to live longer, according to a Swiss study published on Monday.
Regularly walking from floor to floor in an office building decreased mortality risk by 15 percent, said Philip Meyer, the lead author of the study, which was done at the University Hospital of Geneva.

"The challenge is to develop interventions based on population, to promote physical activities that can be easily integrated into everyday life," he said.

For the study, 77 employees of the University of Geneva with a sedentary lifestyle were recruited to take only the stairs over a period of three months, Swissinfo reported.

The results showed an increase in aerobic capacity, reduction in the circumference of the size, weight, fat mass, blood pressure and cholesterol.

"However, the results of this pilot study must be confirmed in a large randomized controlled trial," said Meyer.

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