Need an Energy Boost? Take the Stairs

Do you feel like you need a Starbucks break in order to get through the afternoon? Do you rely on caffeine to help you stay awake during mid-day budget meetings? Instead of drinking a Diet Coke to re-energize, try walking up the stairs!

In a new study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, researchers in the University of Georgia’s College of Education found that 10 minutes of walking up and down stairs at a regular pace was more likely to make participants feel energized than ingesting 50 milligrams of caffeine-about the equivalent to the amount in a can of soda.

“We found, in both the caffeine and the placebo conditions, that there was not much change in how they felt,” said Patrick J. O’Connor, a professor in the department of kinesiology who co-authored the study with former graduate student Derek Randolph. “But with exercise they did feel more energetic and vigorous. It was a temporary feeling, felt immediately after the exercise, but with the 50 milligrams of caffeine, we didn’t get as big an effect.”

As a Certified Athletic Trainer and the founder of Fitness for Health, a therapeutic fitness center helping children, adults, senior citizens and professional athletes reach their full physical potential, I have firsthand experience that exercising increases your amount of energy.  Exercise can improve energy levels by strengthening the circulation and the heart muscle, and in return will improve energy levels. Scientists concur and have found that one of the best ways to beat fatigue and boost energy is to exercise more, not less.

So, the next time you need an energy boost before your Monday staff meeting, take the stairs!

Fitness for Health creates unique exercise programs based on a person’s individual fitness goals.  Want to lose weight or maintain weight management for adults or kids?  Interested in toning your body?  Aspiring to improve your athletic edge?  No problem!  Whether you are a young child or a senior citizen, Fitness for Health can you help you and your loved ones reach your full potential this spring.