Burn Calories, Not Electricity
New studies show that a simple sign near elevators that read, "Burn Calories, Not Electricity" caused more people to use the stairs.
Doing these little activities, like using the stairs parking further away from the door, are small, simple ways to increase activity level.
Though small, these behavior changes can help improve heart health, maintain weight and prevent disease. Climbing stairs is considered a vigorous exercise that can burn more calories then jogging.
Patrick Remington, M.D., associate dean for public health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health said, "For decades, we've known this type of intervention works, but few, if any, places actually have these signs."
In the study, researchers posted these "Burn Calories, Not Electricity" signs near the elevators in the lobby of several buildings in New York City. They found that the signs immediately increased use of the stairs and continued to facilitate stair use for several months thereafter.
If a simple reminder can cause such positive effects, remind yourself when you are about to hop on that elevator to the third floor, burn calories, not electricity!