If you haven’t heard about our Take the Stairs in March Challenge, it’s not too late. The challenge is simply to climb 240 flights of stairs by March 31. You can get there any way you like; if you started on March 1, you could climb eight flights of stairs per day to reach the goal, and if you start today, you can climb about nine or ten per day (9.6, to be exact) to reach the goal on time. (You could even do all 240 on March 30, if you like to procrastinate.)
For those of you who are already on their way, we want to hear how it’s going. Check out what our commenters are saying, and tell us how the challenge is going for you. (We slacked a little this weekend; did you?)
Not convinced? Here are ten reasons to jump on the bandwagon and get some more stairs in your life:
1. You’ll Look Better in a Bikini — Specifically, stairs could save you from needing to buy a new beach skort for your next vacation. Climbing steps gives your rear a great workout, so you should be firm enough to rock a string bikini by April.
2. You’ll Look Better at the Doctor’s Office — Your doctor might not care about how your butt looks in a bikini, but he will be checking out your resting heart rate. Climbing a few flights of stairs per day gives you a mini cardiovascular workout, and that’s always a good thing for your vital stats. (Don’t believe us? Go climb ten flights of stairs and then tell us what you think.)
3. Your Clothes Will Fit Better — Aside from firming up your butt, climbing steps burns serious calories. A 150-pound adult burns 300 calories in 30 minutes of climbing steps; if you spend about ten minutes in the stairwell per day, you could burn anywhere from 1,500-3,300 extra calories by the end of March. That’s nearly enough to shave off a pound of body fat.
4. It’s Energy-Efficient — Every time you ride the elevator, you’re also elevating your energy consumption. It’s hard to estimate exactly how much energy an elevator uses (it depends on how many people are in it, how old it is, how far it’s going, etc.), but taking the stairs uses none. By our math, that means it’s the greener option for getting upstairs.
6. Skip the Awkward Elevator Rides — Who wouldn’t choose to skip the stress of packing into a crowded elevator, or making small talk with the neighbors you can hear having sex at night? The stairs are your way out, my friend.