Here’s ten things you might not have known about the wonders of stair climbing as a form of exercise:
- You’ll burn more calories for every minute climbing stairs than you will jogging.
- Stair climbing produces endorphins – the feel good hormone. Now you know why there are people out there addicted to stair racing. The pain and intensity during is rewarded at the end with a rush of endorphins. You’ll feel buggered but you’ll be really happy about it!
- If you’re doing stairs to lose weight there’s good news in it for you because the heavier you are the more calories you’ll burn.
- Stair climbing is like a cardio session and light weights class rolled into one. Because your working against gravity and propelling yourself upward you’re using your body weight to build leg strength and the act of stair climbing is a vigorous activity, so you’ll be getting a great cardio workout too. It’s a really efficient workout if you’re after an exercise that delivers good bang for your buck (so to speak).
- It’s a myth that taking two stairs at a time burns more calories. Slow and steady wins the race here by burning energy over sustained periods. BUT – it’s more efficient to take two stairs at a time if you’re wanting to get to the end as fast as you can!
- 10 minutes of stairs a day is about 500 kilojoules – so you can work off your full cream latte.
- Going down stairs still burns calories, just not as many. BUT it does works and tones different muscles. Hello calves! It’s also good for balance and coordination.
- Climbing stairs can lead to improved cardiovascular health and stronger joints and muscles
- Using the stairs requires no special skills, equipment or clothing and it burns twice as many calories as walking.
- Just 2 minutes of climbing stairs a day can keep off the pesky 900 grams that most adults gain in a year.
So now you know some of the benefits of climbing stairs, you just need to find some to climb! Stair climbing events and tower climbs are held all over this amazing country with the biggest and most iconic Australian event being Eureka Climb in Melbourne. Held on the first weekend after the conclusion of the Spring Racing Carnival in November, it’s fast approaching. Come on, you’ve come this far – time to take action.