When it comes to fighting fat, research shows that climbing stairs is actually better than jogging or riding a bike. Some people make climbing a few flights of stairs part of their daily routine. John Lindberg, a desk-bound scientist, spends his coffee breaks walking up and down several flights. Other people turn stair-climbing into a serious sport, donning running clothes and shoes before they hit the steps.
Climbing stairs can pay off in more ways than one. One health-conscious company gives its employees a $500 bonus if they climb the stairs to their 19. th-floor office. Next time you’re waiting for an elevator, consider whether you might do better to take the stairs.