Carleton University “Take the Stairs” Challenge

The winners have been announced!

Grand prize winner: Angie Marcotte

Healthy Workplace Swag winners: Nanci Jolicoeur, Kelly Callan, and David Sterritt!

Congratulations to everyone who participated, and who continues to take the stairs on a daily basis!

Step up to a healthier lifestyle and take the stairs! The “Take the Stairs” challenge runs throughout the month of May and is open to all employees. Rack up points every time you take the stairs instead of the elevator for your chance to win great Healthy Workplace prizes, or the grand prize – a $100 Sport Chek gift card!

It’s easy to participate. Click here to register, and you can pick up your counter card from 1310 Dunton Tower. Once you receive your counter card, you can start amassing points each time you take the stairs. Add up your total number of points at the end of the month and submit your counter card to enter the prize draw. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR CARD TO 1310 DUNTON TOWER!

After a month of climbing stairs, you can participate in the final Dunton Tower Stairs Challenge on May 30th!

Why take the stairs?

  • Using the stairs burns twice as many calories as walking
  • Regular stair users have greater leg strength and aerobic capacity than non-climbers
  • Taking the stairs is often faster than waiting for the elevator
  • Two flights of stairs climbed per day can lead to a 2.7 kg (5.9 lbs) weight loss over one year
  • Six flights a day can lead to an 8.2 kg (18 lbs) weight loss over one year
  • Stair climbing can increase bone density and help prevent osteoporosis
  • Increase your life expectancy: A Swiss study recently concluded that regular stair climbing leads to a 15% decrease in the risk of dying prematurely.
  • Stair climbing is a helpful weight loss or management activity, and can also reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
  • In one minute, a 150 pound person burns approximately 10 calories walking up stairs, and only 1.5 calories riding an elevator
  • Walking up the stairs burns almost 5 times more calories than riding an elevator

Tips to incorporate stair climbing into your daily routine:

  • Challenge your colleagues to take part in the Take the Stairs contest
  • Start slowly: climb two flights per day at the beginning of the month and gradually increase the number of flights throughout the month of November
  • If your office is located on a high floor in Dunton Tower, take the elevator two or three flights below your designated floor and walk the rest of the way up

Stair climbing health and safety tips

  • Take your time and watch your step: there are no prizes awarded for the speediest stair climber, so be safe and take your time to get to your destination
  • Breathe: stair climbing uses large lower body muscle groups and provides a great cardiovascular challenge. Steady breathing throughout your climb will provide oxygen to your muscles and help fuel them to move on.

Interactive tool: Calorie Counter

Find out how many calories you burned by using this online calorie counter.

See how fun walking can be!