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    Stair climbing as workout

    Hello comrades (I'm starting to run out of cool nicknames for the hive...)
    I am working at a company with lots of floors and my job is essentially delivering files from office to office... I have estimated around 50 floors each day... I have read somewhere that every 20 steps (up and down) burn 10 kcals... Is this true? How fast should I be going? Sometimes I run, but normally I go at a steady, brisk pace...

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    I use the stairs in my apartment building which is 13 flights to the 15th and I go 2 at a time, I don't go fast.

    When I was working for a builder and the plumbers dug trenches for the base-work it was my job to back fill. But some ground clay had to be removed, so would fill 5 gallon pail and carry upstairs from the basement and dump out of the building. One time coz the level of stone was higher than the footing it took about 40 loads of clay. I had many carry jobs around the detached condo sites.

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      #3
      I think that the added intensity of climbing is going to offset some of the differences between running and walking. Speed is going to push you even farther but walking up stairs is still going to result in a decent CV workout. I wouldn't worry about speed too much.

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        #4
        if your training running you can use stairs has a stride for up hill too. If escalators werent full of people when I go to the mall I go down the up and up the down since that also gives a work out but i havent done that since having kids. Dont want them getting into bad habits with people around.

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          #5
          DustyQOTF that's very thoughtful of you... Quite a few parents (more than it's supposed to be) don't care if their kids do things that annoy other people (at least from where I come from..!)
          That's how you raise kind and thoughtful children..!

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            #6
            CaptainCanuck I read somewhere else that I can expect burning ~300kcals/half hour of brisk stair climbing... Is it more accurate? How exactly do I measure "brisk"? Is it a brisk walk pace, or just be mindful that you're working out and don't go like you're dragging your feet???

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              #7
              thinman Did it help maintain/lose weight ? Were you able to sustain that in the long run? Because my labour contract ends at November, but I think I want to continue stair climbing as a CV (in other flights of stairs of course!!!)

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                #8
                GiorgosD One of the characteristics of running is that at one point both feet are off the ground (compared to walking where one foot is always on the ground). In order to "run" up stairs this would mean an extremely challenging amount of athletic ability. So I think in terms of what they are saying here, that you maintain a running workload or pace while not technically running.

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                  #9
                  CaptainCanuck this is so true. I tried running upstairs but only managed 6 flights before feeling winded out!!! I don't know where that puts me on the athleticism scale..!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by GiorgosD View Post
                    thinman Did it help maintain/lose weight ?
                    I'd be active all day, I ate a lot to maintain weight at 150lbs. When I started this job I had bulked up a bit from a previous less demanding job landscape maintenance and lost 15lbs in 2 weeks. another time I was on lay-off for 2 months so my eating was much less, when called back I wasn't use to eating a lot so dropped down to 138lbs, wow at that weight I really good ab definition. I'm retired now and 150lbs but have some fat on my belly which I don't like, I train everyday but it's not as intense as working a full day.

                    There's a saying a bodybuilder would always say in his talks "How bad do you want it", he sez he use to go to the gym 5 times a week and really wasn't getting anywhere with his workouts, he then wanted it really bad and started to train harder than anyone else there.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by GiorgosD View Post
                      CaptainCanuck this is so true. I tried running upstairs but only managed 6 flights before feeling winded out!!! I don't know where that puts me on the athleticism scale..!
                      6 flights is pretty good. I use to run 5 miles a day when training for a 5k race and on hill days if no stairs were available i would run up the steepest hills at different paces

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