It’s not bikini season yet, but we’re waiting with baited breath for Spring to come, and when it does, we want to spend our time biking, running, walking, and enjoying the outdoors — not panting after one lap around the park. That’s why we’re doing the Take the Stairs in March Challenge, and we think you should do.
The challenge is simple: Climb 240 flights of stairs by the end of March. To meet the goal, you’ll need to climb eight flights of stairs per day, every day, but you can do them when and how you want. Want to climb twenty today and none tomorrow? Fine. Just make sure you’re climbing enough to hit your goal. Blisstree’s whole office is doing it, we all arrived to our 9th floor office out of breath this morning as a result), and we want you to do it with us.
Here are the rules:
- One floor equals one flight! Period. If you walked from the lobby of your building to the fifth floor, you get to count FOUR flights, no matter how many steps or landings there were in between.
- You can count flights wherever you climb them (i.e. at home, work, or coming out of a subway station) but don’t start fudging. The half flight of steps to your house doesn’t count. And Ignore the three stairs leading up to your gym.
- You only get to count flights of stairs you climb, not those you descend.
Why? Climbing steps not only gives you a great butt, it also torches calories. Most estimates say that a 150-pound adult burns 300 calories in 30 minutes of climbing stairs. If you take five to ten minutes to climb your eight flights, you’ll probably burn between 50 and 100 extra calories per day. Multiply that by 31 days, and we’re talking 1,550 – 3,100 calories by the end of March. (That’s almost enough to burn off a whole pound of body fat.)
How? For this challenge, you’re on the honor system. We’ll continue posting about our progress and giving you tips and motivation throughout March, and you can leave comments on our site to track your efforts. But the best way to make sure you don’t cheat is to get a friend involved: Find a buddy to do the challenge with you, and keep each other on task.
Now, go climb some stairs, and tell us how Day 1 feels in the comments section, below: