The climb up – 4 Healthy Thoughts on Taking the Stairs, and thanking firefighters

On September 27, firefighters from across the land will congregate at the US Bancorp Tower in Portland to test their Posterendurance and raise money for cystic fibrosis research by climbing the 40 floors in full gear.

Their efforts have reminded us of the benefits of taking the stairs – either taking the stairs as a workout, or getting where you need while burning a few calories. Here are a few of our thoughts about taking the stairs:

Don’t Skip Steps

Looking to maximize the calories you burn each day? Don’t skip steps. You burn more calories by touching each step, not skipping every other. You may feel great as you quickly gain altitude, but the added difficulty of each step (while skipping steps) doesn’t outweigh the total calories you would burn if each step is taken.

Going Down

Going down stairs also burns calories, but at a lesser pace. Though, including the descent will work out a different set of muscles, and will improve your coordination.

Skip the evaluator

First off, elevators are stuffy and awkward. Second, if you are traveling less than five floors, on average, taking the stairs is faster. And third, you’re missing out on the benefit of burning a few calories.

No assembly required

Looking for a vigorous activity without paying for equipment? Then find a set of stairs to climb and get your heart rate up! According to Livestrong, a 140 pound person will burn around 99 calories climbing seven floors of stairs. Though, the heavier you are, the more calories you burn. Which brings us back to the firefighters.

Thank you firefighters and supporting community

Thank you for taking on the 40 floors with 55 pounds of gear, and breathing through your air tanks (which we hear is like breathing through a straw). The endurance needed to carry the extra weight is impressive, and we are grateful for it! Not only do you keep your bodies in physical shape to serve our community, but you have made this physical activity enjoyable while supporting research for cystic fibrosis!

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  1. Tonya

     /  October 11, 2015

    I did this at my last conference and i was on the 14 floor. By the end of the conference I was really feeling good each tine I went back to my room.

  2. Mike Berry

     /  September 17, 2015

    Thank you so much, PacificSource, for stepping up to support this tremendous cause!
    As a firefighter who is participating in the stairclimb next Sunday, it means a lot to me and shows the solid type of organization that PacificSource is! I, along with close to 300 other career and volunteer firefighters take on this challenge partly because of our competitive spirit, but mostly because we want to help those with cystic fibrosis!


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