Stair climbing is officially classed as a 'vigorous exercise' and counts towards the recommended 150 minutes exercise we should all do each week.

Climbing the stairs burns more calories a minute than jogging, but its benefits go far beyond weight loss and include:

  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • A stronger musculoskeletal system
  • Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, some cancers, obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Improved muscle tone 
  • An opportunity for thought and mindfulness 

All forms of moderate to vigorous exercise have similar health benefits but stair climbing has very particular advantages in workplace health:

  • Makes use of an asset your business has already paid for and is obliged to maintain - the stairs!
  • Allows busy people to build habitual and regular exercise into their working week
  • Does not demand any special skill set or sporting prowess, so appeals to a much wider cohort of people
  • Saves time as taking the stairs is on average always faster than taking the lift/elevator for journeys of up to five floors 
  • Does not require anyone to get dressed up in Lycra or make a fool of themselves in front of their peers!

Read more on the health benefits of stair climbing.