Our expert says:
What a good idea! It is difficult to calculate how much energy people will use up when climbing stairs as this depends on a wide variety of factors (body weight, speed, number of stairs climbed, etc). An average individual uses about 2.54 kJ per kg of body weight per 10 min when climbing stairs. So a 70 kg man will expend 178 kJ per 10 min of stair climbing, which is not a lot (about the amount of kJ in a medium-sized apple, but it is the repetition that does the trick over time).
I can think of the following reasons to climb stairs:
1) Get active to lose weight 2) Increase your blood circulation 3) Increase your lung capacity 4) Stimulate sluggish metabolism 5) Improve muscle strength 6) Avoid claustrophobia! 7) Improve heart function
Hope this helps and good luck with this worthwhile endeavour
Let me know how it goes!
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