Last year at this time I made the New Year's decision to take an extra staircase every day in the office. I arrive every morning and congratulate myself that I was a superior person who did not take the escalator. Oh, and I live in an apartment on the third floor. Nothing could have taken me more headlines this morning than the passing of a new level test.
These headlines speak of a new study presented this week at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Milan. Spanish researchers found that high performers in a stress test had a lower risk of death from heart disease, cancer or other causes, and the level of fitness required for these life-prolonging services is as if they were about to fly four flights
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Your fitness has been calculated in so-called METs or metabolic equivalents. A measurable MET is the energy I need to sit relatively quietly in front of this computer. Individuals in the study who were able to cope with 10 METs with treadmill activity were rated as performing in the test – or had good "functioning".
These individuals had great health benefits: Compared to people with poor functioning, in the next five or so years, high performers were less likely to die from cancer, heart disease, or other causes. For each additional MWB tested in the test, the risk of dying from these causes decreased by 9%, 9% and 4%, respectively.
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How can we access our METs without access to a fancy sci-fi treadmill setup to calculate? Here comes the stairs into play. "There are much cheaper methods of estimating whether you could achieve 10 METs on the treadmill," study author Dr. Jesús Peteiro, a cardiologist at the University Hospital A Coruña in Spain, in a statement. "If you can go very fast three levels of stairs without stopping or four floors without stopping can start up quickly, you have a good functioning. If not, this is a good indication that you need more exercise. "Dr. Peteiro tried to get these four floors done in less than a minute."
I felt particularly tense and walked to the fifth floor of my office building, broke my iPhone timer, and ran, only a naïve onlooker watching me funny and I sat back in my chair before my colleagues even noticed that I had left – though my wheezing might have given me away – how many more years will I get if I can do four flights in 32 seconds?
Of course, it's not surprising that physically healthy people tend to live longer in the new research, even if the staircase tests itself is somehow fun. "Our results provide further evidence of the benefits of exercise and of health and longevity," said Drs. Peteiro in explanation. "In addition to maintaining body weight, physical activity has a positive effect on blood pressure and lipids, verri It also reduces inflammation and improves the body's immune response to tumors. "You've heard it all before, sure – but only 19% of women get enough exercise, so it's worth repeating.
How much exercise is enough? According to the recently updated guidelines for Americans, we should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of intense activity per week, in addition to some strength training. Which you can do on the stairs, by the way.
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