initially more energy is expended while climbing two steps, gradually with
time, extra energy is spent while taking the stairs one step at a time, say
researchers from the University of Roehampton.
The research team discovered
that a person climbing five floors of
stairs, one step at a time, five times a week could burn 302 kcal
approximately, compared to the 260 kcal
burnt if that person took two steps at
lecturer in comparative and environmental physiology at the University,
Dr.Lewis Halsey says that her team was actually interested to find out which
method expended more energy - taking one step at a time or two steps - and
which had a better potential to lose weight when done frequently
and regularly during the week.
researchers conclude that it is better to take one step at a time while climbing
stairs if one wanted to lose weight as it resulted in faster rates of muscle
shortening and increased energy turnover.
have always been advised to climb stairs and stop taking the elevator for
health reasons or if they wanted to lose weight. Many chose the elevator out of
the sheer force of habit. With the number of fitness freaks increasing - the
number of those using the stairs has also increased. Among them, over
enthusiasts tend to believe that taking two or three steps at a time would serve
their purpose. This study has reminded them to go slow with their stair-
A reminder for those with
knee or heart-related problems - please consult your doctor before choosing to
climb stairs regularly!