Five interesting facts about stair climbing

January 8, 2019

It’s vigorous exercise

Stair climbing is officially classed as a “vigorous exercise” and burns more calories per minute than jogging.

A faster approach

For buildings with five floors or less, it’s nearly always quicker to take the stairs. Studies show office workers save up to 15 minutes a day by taking the stairs.

Soaring steps taken

The greatest height reached climbing stairs in 12 hours was 33,000 feet by Chris Solarz of Philadelphia. Solarz climbed 58,080 stairs.

The stairs century

The 19th century is regarded by many as the golden era of stair construction. In the 20th century architects gave prominence to lifts. Now, with the emergence of “active design,’’ architects are once again making stairs more prominent.

Downward flight has merits

Going down stairs burns fewer calories but works and tones different muscles and joints. It’s also good for balance and coordination.

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