Why going DOWN stairs is better for you than going up!

I shall definitely be following his advice…!

Yes I heard that too. I like Mosely and his programmes but we have no stairs (just 3 steps) to practice on and, in any case I have so far not benefitted from his anti insomnia advice. :roll_eyes:

Make the most of your 3 steps - go down them as slowly as you can for 10 minutes morning and evening for example. Improve your leg strength and balance?

I shall do likewise with my 15 steps. At age 80 will float down the stairs in slow motion first thing in the morning.

Insomnia is an altogether much more difficult and complicated phenomenon to deal with.

But yesterday I spent at least an hour and a half push mowing my garden, filling up the wheelbarrow several times with grass cuttings and transferring them to the trailer under a too-hot sun. Felt quite weary when I finished – and slept like a log!


I can’t go Down unless I first come Up… but as I’m Up and Down at least a dozen times in a normal day… I reckon it works out ok. :+1:


He has a whole podcast series on what’s the one thing that you should be doing to improve your health and wellbeing

The downstairs reasoning is in the “eccentric exercise” podcast

A whole podcast series just for 1 thing, crikey must be a lot of waffle padding that out?

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What you need is a one way stairlift Stella, one that immediately returns to the bottom each time you go up. :rofl: Only joking of course, but I think the point being made was that going down was more valuable healthwise than going up, not that both should not be done. I didn’t hear all of the programme but I think the tests that were done were in a high rise building where one group of people did several descents while another group did only ascents, the returns in the opposite direction for both groups were via the lifts.

@Bonzocat I have no problem at all getting to sleep during my 30 minute siestas, as recommended by Mosley, more induced by reading rather than the physical exercise I do during the day I think, but some nights are difficult. I have a problem shutting my brain down I think because the sleeplessness is always accompanied by thoughts arising from the day gone by or other events reaching far into my past.

Presumably his book :joy:

But it’s going down SLOWLY which is the essential point - easy to do and maybe time consuming - but it’s much more beneficial than going up.


Ha ha… going downstairs anything but slowly… is nowadays verboten !! :wink: and I make sure that one hand is hanging onto the bannister… just in case


A full range of motion is needed as we age, up and down would be best. What Michael said is its more benificial to stretch a mucle he did not say stop compressing a muscle.

I’m going downhill, is that better than uphill?:roll_eyes:


I haven’t measured it but I think my ‘front door’ [actually round the back] is about 6m above the level of the road at my street door. Then there’s the garden …

To get to my house door one must climb from The Grotto, a sort of cave cut out of the rock, inside the street door,

up The Precipice. The Precipice has 17 steps.

It is narrow. Anything you carry, two shopping bags for instance, must be fore 'n aft.

There are three more steps from the top of The Precipice to get to the point where the woman is standing.

You can see from the slope of the lawn the elevation one has to mount just to get from the front of the house to the door at the back. It’s slightly uphill to those three steps in the b/g and then the incline as per the lawn.


I am not only #16 but #18, which has another set of steps, The Cliff. This is handy as it is wide enough to get a fridge/freezer off the street and into the house.

Nine steps are visible in the photo. There are eight more.

The lowest part of the garden is above the height of the ridge of the roof of the house

There’s yet more steps to get to that point. Worth it for the view, tho’.

And finally, to the top of the garden

The angle at which Katia is walking up the lawn gives an idea of the slope from the bottom to the top. She has to lean into it.

For someone with ‘moderately severe’ arthritis in one knee, this is plenty of steps, which ever way you go.

It’s the reason why all my furniture must come from IKEA. It comes in flat packs that ‘livraison’ can get up The Precipice and The Cliff, albeit with some grumbling.


@captainendeavour … With all those steps… I reckon that “an ordinary day” for you is more like a workout at the gym… :rofl: :rofl:

I’ve always wanted to be able to do this…

not a chance of going up or down like this… once he gets going… wow.



Perhaps listen before making assumptions. I find his programmes very interesting.

One group of people were tasked with walking up to the tenth floor of a block of flats regularly and taking the lift down. The other group took the lift up and walked down. Guess which group gained the most from their exercise.

Reminds me of that puzzle about the man who takes the lift up to a certain floor then walks but not when there are other people or on rainy days.

One of the great stairs-walking sequences on film is Jacques Tati in ‘Mon Oncle’. Sometimes he is going back and down to go up!

I was joking, yes they are interesting as theories get debunked albeit in some strange ways. Its great that conventions get cross examined from time to time as doctors and professors discover things they didnt know before.