By Marina Aagaard, MFT
Take the stairs. It is excellent exercise. It is fun; it is an experience, you see the World (buildings) from different angles. Your legs and heart get stronger and stair walking burns lots of calories. Use the stairs in the everyday and when travelling.
A 80 kg (~160 lb) person burns approx. 9 kcal (calories) during 1 minute of stair walking.
A 80 kg (~160 lb) person burns approx. 1 kcal in 1 minute waiting for/using elevator.
Walking down stairs burns approx. 175-275 kcal per hour; 3-4,5 kcal per minute.
Walking up stairs burns approx. 530-835 kcal per hour; 8-14 kcal per minute.
Walking up and down stairs burns approx. 355-555 kcal per hour; 6-9 kcal per minute.
Unfortunately the stairs are not always visible. You may have to look for them. True story:
Portier 1: Can I help you?
Marina: Yes, I would like to use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Portier 1: Not a good idea. They are not easily accessible and rather narrow, not safe.
Marina: (Facial expression: ?????????????????) But, I prefer taking the stairs.
Portier 1: (Facial expression: ?????). Well, then I will have someone taking you up.
Portier 2: (Leading the way. Points to stairs. Walks away).
Marina: (Walk the stairs. Breathe loudly. Count. 4:40) ... 537, 538, 539, 540!
Happy health. Fun Fitness: Peak Performance.