For those of us who rarely take more than a few flights of stairs at a time, it's hard to imagine the determination required to complete the annual "Run-Up" competition.
Each year, participants race up the Empire State Building's 86 floors--a total of 1,576 stairs. The most recent winner reached the observation deck in an astonishing 10 minutes, 7 seconds.
But even if you're not quite ready to scale the Empire State Building, stair climbing can provide an excellent workout. According to a recent New York Times article, it burns more calories than jogging or cycling without an incline. And if you stick to running up the stairs (that means taking the elevator down), stair climbing is surprisingly low-impact.
The Times article notes that, due to security concerns, some buildings in New York City have closed their stairwells except in emergencies. But if taking the stairs is still an option in your office building, why not challenge your employees to give up the elevators for a week? Who knows--you might inspire someone to become the next Rocky Balboa!