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I signed up for Trek Up the Tower – Omaha’s premier vertical challenge race. On Saturday, Feb. 21,– 1,000 participants will race up 870 steps to the top of the First National Tower – all for a good cause. Proceeds from the event will support the Wellness Council of the Midlands, which is dedicated to improving health promotion at the worksite. I will be part of Team Offutt!

I started training for it today and managed 820 steps in 15 minutes. This should be fun!
Top 10 Reasons to Take the Stairs
Source: The Well Workplace November 2006 newsletter

1.It’s a free workout.

2.Burns TEN TIMES more calories than taking the elevator. Stair climbing requires 8-11 kcal of energy. Climbing just two flights of stairs per day can lead to a 5.94 lb. weight loss over one year.

3.It can be faster than taking the elevator.

4.Improves your heart health. Physical activity can increase the amount of “good cholesterol” in the blood – (HDL concentrations.)

5.Reduces the risk of osteoporosis. There is a strong association between exercise and increased bone density, especially in post-menopausal women.

6.Helps you to breathe better, be more FIT, and have a high aerobic capacity.

7.Lowers your mortality risk. A significantly lower risk of mortality is indicated in studies where participants climbed more than 55 flights per week.

8.Boosts your confidence.

9.Increases leg power and reduces the risk of injury.

10.Relieves stress and tension.


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