Since 1980, obesity rates have doubled among U.S. adults and tripled among U.S. children making approximately two-thirds of U.S. adults and one-third of U.S. youth are obese or overweight.
Physical activity is critical to maintaining a healthy weight and lowering the risk of chronic disease. The Surgeon General recommends taking 10,000 steps in a day accumulating to 30 minutes of activity every day.
New York City’s Active Design Guidelines have been working to provide urban designers to promote active living through the placement and design of stairs, elevators, and indoor and outdoor spaces that encourage walking, bicycling, and active transportation and recreation.
You don’t have to wait for design changes in your neighborhood to take advantage of a nearby flight of stairs. Start climbing to crank up your heart rate, burn fat, and engage your lower body and easily achieve your 10,000 daily steps.