Short Steps to Health
News Note

By Editorial Staff

Originally published in Massage Bodywork magazine, August/September 2000.
Copyright 2003. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

Frequent spurts of intense activity, such as taking the stairs or walking rather than driving, may cut your risk of heart disease by as much as one-third. In a recent study published by physicians at the University of Ulster in Belfast, a group of 12 women, ages 18-22, exhibited a significant increase in their health and fitness levels after just seven weeks of climbing stairs two minutes per day, five days a week. As compared to a non-participatory group of 10 women, the study group lowered their cholesterol level and improved their resting pulse rate with these brief interludes of exercise. The findings were reported in a recent article by Reuters Health (April 25, 2000).

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