Dang – it’s hard enough just walking up the damn things! Maybe I’ll stick to swimming:
You will burn 819 calories per hour!
Running is good, we all know that. But what about running up stairs? According to experts, it’s much better and much more effective at burning calories and staying lean. If you are or amateur or competitive runner, it is even more important for you to do this activity.
According to RunnersWorld experts, plyometric motion (running up stairs) strengthens your muscles, heart, and lungs for better running.
“Stairs force you to work against gravity, and this helps build two essential needs for runners: strength and power,” says Anne Moore, M.S., an exercise physiologist and running coach in Charleston, South Carolina. You need both, whether you’re kicking to the finish of a 5K or trying to maintain pace during the later miles of a marathon.
Moore adds that stair-climbing “forces you to utilize muscle stabilizers, like the gluteus medius, that get neglected during regular runs,” because you’re balancing on and activating one leg, briefly, as the other moves to the next step. Strengthen these areas and you’ll reduce your risk of injury.”
Running stairs is a cardio exercise so it offers the same benefits as any other cardio exercise, so you will lose weight and strengthen your heart & lungs as well.
Remember, you’ll only reduce weight if you consume fewer calories than you burn, so cut out salty or fatty foods, and maintain a healthy, balanced diet.