No. Stair climbing is a vigorous but low impact exercise which almost everyone can do and which has many important health benefits.
It also improves office safety by making people more familiar with a building's fire exits. Fires in high rise buildings can cause avoidable crowding, injuries and even deaths, which has been traced back to a lack of familiarity with stairs and the location of emergency exits.
Regular exercise, started gradually and maintained over time, improves cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack. In an emergency, when sudden and rapid stair use may be necessary, increased fitness reduces individual and organisational risk.
No skills or equipment needed
For the vast majority of people, stair climbing demands no special skills or equipment. It also allows those who are less fit to start gradually (perhaps climbing just one or two floors initially) and build up strength and stamina over time.
Climbing the stairs is one of the safest and most practical ways of breaking a sedentary lifestyle.
Caution is always advisable when climbing
It is never advisable to run on the stairs and when descending you should always use the handrail. You should also never climb or descend stairs with your hands full.
StepJockey apps and challenges do not reward people for climbing stairs rapidly. In fact, academic studies have found that you burn more calories climbing stairs one at a time at a normal pace because you are doing the exercise for longer.
Health experts across the world are agreed that for the vast majority of people the dangers of leading a sedentary lifestyle far outweigh any risks involved in doing regular physical activity.