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Step by step

13 June 2018

​Taking things step by step are wise words.

But now they have taken on a more literal meaning with the launch of my latest campaign to get our staff out of the lifts and walking up the stairs.

A spiral staircase.You may have noticed that small A4 signs have appeared on the ground floor next to the lifts encouraging people to climb a flight of stairs as opposed to taking the lift.

As I’ve blogged before, a majority of us would prefer to take the lift over climbing stairs any day. They are obviously more convenient and faster, but taking the stairs positively impacts on your overall health.

There’s a mass of information to back this up, for example:

  • Climbing just 8 flights of stairs a day lowers average early mortality by 33%
  • Climbing stairs burns more calories per minute than jogging.

That’s why I’m hoping staff at Riverside will take up the challenge and take to the stairs instead of the lift.

While most of us think of exercise as 'sport', the scientific evidence shows it is everyday activities like walking and stair climbing that are most closely associated with improved health. This is why stair climbing is recommended by doctors and health authorities worldwide.

But don’t take my word for it, challenge yourself to take the stairs for a week and notice the difference in the way your body feels.

And of course take it step by step.

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Councillor Allen Brett.
  

Councillor Allen Brett, Leader of the council and councillor for Milkstone and Deeplish.