At Stadium Stomp, stair climbing is what we do. We hold events that allow people to stair climb massive sporting stadiums in a fun environment, so of course we want to educate people about the benefits of stair climbing too. Because once you know these, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get into the sport sooner!

First and foremost, climbing stairs is a great form of cardiovascular exercise. Because it requires you to engage large muscle groups, such as your legs and glutes, climbing stairs can get your heart rate up and your blood pumping. This can help improve your cardiovascular health by strengthening your heart and improving circulation throughout your body. Over time, regular stair climbing can help lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems.

But the benefits don’t stop there! Climbing stairs can also help build and tone your leg muscles, including your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. This can help improve your overall strength and stamina, making it easier to perform everyday activities like walking, running, and lifting objects. Plus, stronger legs can help reduce your risk of falls and other injuries.

In addition, climbing stairs can be a great way to burn calories and lose weight. According to the American Council on Exercise, a 150-pound person can burn around 10 calories per minute climbing stairs at a moderate pace. That means just 10 minutes of stair climbing can burn as many calories as a brisk 30-minute walk! Plus, because climbing stairs engages so many different muscle groups, it can help you achieve a full-body workout in a shorter amount of time.

Finally, climbing stairs can be a great way to boost your mood and reduce stress. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are chemicals that can help improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Plus, because stair climbing is a relatively low-impact exercise, it can be a good choice for people who want to exercise without putting too much stress on their joints.

There are many reasons to start using stairs (or restart if you’re a past Stadium Stomper) as a form of exercise and we’ve summarised them for you below.

Here are eight key physiological benefits from stair climbing:

  1. Cardiovascular fitness: Stair climbing is a cardiovascular exercise that can improve your heart and lung function, increase your endurance and help to lower your blood pressure.
  2. Muscle tone: Stair climbing can help tone and strengthen the muscles in your legs, particularly your quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. This can lead to an improvement in overall muscle mass, power and strength.
  3. Weight loss: Stair climbing is a high-intensity exercise that can help you burn a significant number of calories, making it an effective way to lose weight and maintain a healthy body composition.
  4. Bone density: Stair climbing is a weight-bearing exercise which can help to increase bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, particularly for older adults.
  5. Improved balance and coordination: Stair climbing requires you to use multiple muscle groups at the same time, which can help improve your balance and coordination.
  6. Improved lung capacity: Stair climbing is a form of cardio that can increase lung capacity and improve breathing.
  7. Increased metabolism: Stair climbing can increase the body’s metabolism, which can lead to a sustained calorie burn even after the workout is over.
  8. Stress relief: Stair climbing can help decrease stress levels and improve your mood due to the release of endorphins, the “feel-good” hormone.

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It is important to note that these benefits can vary depending on the intensity and duration of the stair climbing workout, as well as your current fitness level. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting a new exercise program.I

 f you’re new to stair climbing or thinking about taking it up as part of your fitness regime, check out our 7 step guide for beginner stair climbers as a start and consider stepping up to a challenge like Stadium Stomp to give you a goal to work toward.