Did you know that taking the stairs can burn more calories than jogging? If everyone in America spent just two more minutes using stairs every day, says Dr. Karen Lee, we would burn enough calories to offset the average weight gains of American adults. At a pound a year, that’s roughly 2 million pounds!
If that motivates you to want to take the stairs, let’s make sure you’re doing it in the best way possible. Whether you take one or two at a time, taking the stairs makes you a heart healthy hero — but if you want to get the most bang for your calorie-burning buck, should you take one or two stairs at a time?
If you take two steps at a time, you will get a higher heart rate, but taking one step at a time actually uses more overall energy and burns more calories. Either way is great, but if you want to burn more overall calories, go for one step at a time.
Now let’s step to it! Time to climb some stairs!
Throughout the month of February, the Happiest Blog community is celebrating American Heart Month by focusing on making our hearts healthy and happy (both literally and figuratively). Find new heart-healthy recipes, workouts, and inspiration each week.