Stairs and Thinking (09-24-19)

Stenling and colleagues investigated the effects of climbing stairs on mental performance and mood and their findings generally support design that encourages people to take the stairs.  The researchers “examined the effects of stair-climbing intervals on subsequent cognitive performance and mood in healthy young adults [mean age 19]. . . . Participants visited the lab on two occasions, one week apart, and completed one control session (no exercise) and one stair-climbing session (3 x 1 min stair-climbing intervals) with cognitive performance and mood assessed at the end of each session. . . . Participants felt more energetic . . . less tense . . . and less tired . . . following the stair climbing. . . . findings indicate that short bouts of stair climbing in a naturalistic setting can induce cognitive benefits for more challenging tasks, albeit only in males. . . . Short bouts of stair climbing can be a practical approach to increase feelings of energy in daily life.”

Andreas Stenling, Adam Moylan, Emily Fulton, and Liana Machado.  2019.  “Effects of a Brief Stair-Climbing Intervention on Cognitive Performance and Mood States in Healthy Young Adults.”  Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02300