MUST-DO MONDAY: HIT THE STAIRS

Many of us are ready to hit the ground running with a boatload of healthy resolutions (plenty which involve getting in shape)… but have no details on how to make it happen. Enter one of the simplest strategies ever: your stairs! Conveniently located in homes, apartments and offices everywhere, they’re a free, easy way to give your heart a boost and tighten all kinds of muscles in your core, glutes and more (including a few you never knew you had). Start climbing: according to one study, you can boost your VO2 max (the total oxygen you consume during exercise) by 17% just by walking up to 200 steps twice a day, five days a week for eight weeks. Or if that’s too daunting, just take the stairs instead of the elevator daily: a simple choice that can give your health a real boost.

Ready to hit the steps? Share your stories and any other new activities you’ve planned in the comments below!

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