Did you know the Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven” lasts 8 minutes and 2 seconds? You could increase your fitness if you started climbing stairs, indoors or out, daily for the duration of that song! Short bursts of stair climbing provides a great cardiovascular workout and best of all, it’s free!
Climbing stairs utilizes about .11 kcal per step. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) links aerobic activity like stair climbing with chronic disease prevention, such as reducing heart disease, managing high blood pressure and reducing LDL cholesterol.