Obesity in America at an all-time high: Road to better health starts by using the stairs daily

Tampa lawyer takes the stairs and climbs mountains
First step to fighting obesity. take the stairs
Posted at 12:37 AM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 07:14:03-04

Obesity in America is at an all-time high. Nearly 40 percent of adults and 20 percent of children are considered obese by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sleep deprivation, unbalanced diet and lack of exercise are three main factors for the widespread unhealthiness.

Finding time and money to stay healthy are legitimate concerns for a lot of people.

That brings us to lawyer Stefan Stein.

His best workout is free and fits into his work schedule. The  62-year-old takes the stairs, all 38 flights of them sometimes. He worked up to it at downtown Tampa's SunTrust Financial Centre.

"There's nothing better than climbing stairs," says Stein, who started getting in good shape around age 50. "I'm not really a runner. I'm more of a slow steady pace."

Stein advises that no matter where you work or live if you have stairs, take 'em. And start slow, one flight at a time.

"When you start off, it's amazing how much you can't do," says Stein, whose stair-mastery has led to some very cool, and very high, places. "But if you keep it up, it's really amazing how much you can do."

Amazing is right. Stefan has since ascended some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

How does he do it?

"You just keep going," Stein says. "You have to put one foot in front of the other."

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