Stories tagged shopping

According to recent studies, shopping on-line and having stuff sent to you uses less energy than going to the store yourself.

Nov
16
2007

Stairway to health: English researchers have found that twice as many people will take the stairs rather than ride an escalator when signs tell them the health benefits of climbing up under your own power.
Stairway to health: English researchers have found that twice as many people will take the stairs rather than ride an escalator when signs tell them the health benefits of climbing up under your own power.Courtesy Zach K
Are you gearing up for your holiday shopping trips? You’ve got your list of items to get, a map of the malls and stores to make the rounds to. But what about your health?

A new study conducted in England has found that stores that encourage the health benefits of climbing the stairs are seeing a dip in the number of people using escalators.

Over a six-week period in shopping centers were colorful signs were put up by stairwells extolling the benefits of going vertical under your own power, usage of stairs by shoppers doubled. Without the signs, about four percent of shoppers hoofed it up and down the stairs. After the signs, that figure went up to 10 percent.

As we’ve become a more convenience-oriented society, there are fewer and fewer opportunities to challenge ourselves physically during our daily routines. Researchers on this project are hoping some simple signs can have a positive impact on people’s health.