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HSC Wellness Program

MSC 09 5300
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 272-4778 or 272-8711




  Stairway to Health


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Did You Know?

  • Daily living activities like climbing the stairs significantly contribute to the 30 minutes of physical activity we all need... everyday.
  • Using the stairs burns twice as many calories as walking.
  • Regular stair users have greater leg strength and aerobic capacity than non-climbers.
  • Taking the stairs is often faster than waiting for the elevator.

See how many calories you burn by taking the stairs! (an average flight of stairs= 12 steps)

  One flight of stairs, three times per day= 15 calories burned
  Two flights of stairs, three times per day= 30 calories burned
  Three flights of stairs, three times per day= 45 calories burned
  Four flights of stairs, three times per day= 60 calories burned
  Five flights of stairs, three times per day= 75 calories burned
  Six flights of stairs, three times per day= 90 calories burned

(*based on 150 to 160 pound person. A lighter person will burn fewer calories, a heavier person will burn more)


  Did You Know?


  • People spend an estimated two-thirds of their lives at their place of employment. In order to stay healthy, we need to find ways to incorporate physical activity into our workday.
  • Daily living activities like climbing the stairs can make a significant contribution to the 30 minutes of exercise we all need...everyday.
  • The 30 minutes of physical activity we need for our health can be accumulated a bit at a time, or one stairway at a time, spread at intervals throughout the day. Do it your way!
  • Physical activities like stair climbing are a great way to cope with job-related stress
  • Climbing just two flights of stairs everyday could result a loss of 2.7kg or 6 lbs per year. Six flights a day could help you trim nearly 18 lbs. Why Weight?
  • Adding stairs to your day can add years to your life. Studies show that risk of cardiovascular disease and death is lower among those who are regular Stair climbers.
  • Stair climbing can also add life to your years. Those who climb stairs on a daily basis have greater leg strength and aerobic capacity, allowing them to participate more fully in a wide range of daily activities.
  • Taking the stairs is often faster than waiting for an elevator during peak usage times. Take the test and time your trip. Often for trips of 7 floors or less, the stairs are the quickest way to your destination.
  • Using the stairs requires no special skill, equipment or clothing and it burns twice as many calories as walking. Step right up!!
  • Stair climbing is a 'green' activity, the only energy source used is what is stored in our bodies.... good for you and the environment!
  • Workplaces which implement stairway physical activity programs report improved employee relations, camaraderie and teamwork.