Swap the caffeine for the stairs – yes, really

When the energy levels are flagging, the first thing many of us do is reach for a steaming cup of coffee. Even worse, we might feel inclined to grab a caffeine and sugar-laden fizzy drink to get us through those dreary lows.

But step away from that coffee pot or that vending machine. The answer to your energy lull doesn’t lie there.

Instead, new research has shown that taking a brisk walk up the nearest flight of stairs can deliver a hefty boost to your mood and motivation.

The study by the University of Georgia found that sleep-deprived young women who walked up and down stairs at a regular pace for 10 minutes felt more energised and motivated than those who consumed 50 milligrams of caffeine.

That’s hardly the caffeine content of an espresso, but it is around the levels of a can of pop.

The findings should provide those feeling a little lacklustre with a little motivation to get that arse out from under that desk and hit the nearest staircase.

Think what you can do with all the pennies you’ll save.

And don’t forget the other benefits of climbing the stairs – they’ll help you burn fat by getting that heart rate up and will also strengthen the major muscles in your lower body, especially that butt.


Check out our guide to incidental exercise here.


Do you reach for the coffee when you’re feeling low? 

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