Walk up and down the stairs to boost energy

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Walking up and down the stairs is more energizing than low-dose caffeine in sleep deprived individuals.

In a new study published March 14, 2017 in the journal Physiology and Behavior, researchers from the University of Georgia compared the effects of 10 minutes of low-to-moderate intensity stair walking to low-dose caffeine (50 mg equivalent to that in one can of soda) capsules on energy and motivation to work in women with chronically inadequate sleep.

They found that compared to women who took 50 mg caffeine, those who walked up and down stairs for 10 minutes at a regular pace had greater increase in vigor or feeling of energy. They were also more motivated to complete cognitive tasks. However, no effect on attention or memory was observed.

Office workers often rely on a cup of coffee to reduce fatigue and stay alert to enhance their productivity. Instead, they can now skip their caffeine and instead walk up and down the stairs. It is also a healthier option to keep fit, particularly for the desk-bound office worker, and requires no special facilities or equipment.

Any person who can climb two flights of stairs or walk 2 km without any discomfort or breathlessness usually requires no cardiac investigations.

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI