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Why should I step up on Thursday?

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On Thursday 8 September watch out for physiotherapy staff outside stairwells, encouraging those able, to step up and take the stairs. Find out their times and locations at Waikato Hospital.

By promoting stair climbing as part of everyone’s everyday activity we are hoping to reduce inactivity and model behaviours to improve the health of all our communities, says Physiotherapist Georgina Temple.

“We hope our campaign on Thursday will set a trend for greater use of stairs in the workplace and have a positive effect on inactivity that is now described as a ‘Pandemic’ by the recently published Lancet papers,  that explore the global economic burden of physical inactivity.”

The papers highlight global health care costs associated with inactivity have been estimated to be $53.8 billion and by reducing inactivity can have a significant impact on the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as heart disease, diabetes, and dementia.

NCDs are the leading cause of death globally, with 68% of deaths attributed to these causes in 2012. The World Health Organisation has recognised the impact of inactivity on health setting a 10% reduction target by 2025 (Global strategy on diet, physical activity and health).

Key facts on taking the stair:

  • Scientific evidence shows everyday activities like walking and stair climbing are more closely associated with improved health than sport based exercise.
  • Climbing just eight flights of stairs a day lowers average early mortality risk by 33%
  • Seven minutes stair climbing a day can halve the risk of heart attack over 10 years
  • Just two minutes extra stair climbing a day is enough to stop an average middle age person from gaining weight
  • Stair climbing burns more calories per minute than jogging
  • Easy to build into your life and there’s no need for expensive gym membership
  • Time efficient way to exercise – saves time both in not waiting for the lift and not needing to set aside additional time to ‘exercise’
  • Energy efficient – burn calories, not electricity, save money!

Source: StepJockey

For more information about World Physiotherapy Day visit www.physiotherapy.org.nz.

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