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National Take the Stairs Day

Take the Stairs Day

About National Take the Stairs Day

When is National Take the Stairs Day? This holiday is held on the second Wednesday in January

Just look around at all of the people you see today. It’s pretty clear that Americans are not getting enough exercise. Would you like to get into peak shape and improve your health? Do you want to live longer? Are you looking for an amateur sport that you can participate, in and even compete in? Then, National Take the Stairs Day is for you!  If taking the stairs is a little foreign to you, set an initial goal to always walk up one flight and down two flights. While you get the most benefit from walking upstairs, walking downstairs is good for you, too. 

The primary goal of this special day is to encourage you and me to improve our health, by leaving the elevator behind, and walking up the stairs. Walking up and down stairs, instead of using the elevator or escalator, is a non-impact activity that most of us can do. It helps us tone our muscles, maintain or even lose weight, and contribute to cardiovascular health.

Most smartphones have an app that counts stairs. If your phone does not have it, you can download a stair-counting app.

Stair Climbing Factoid: A 160-pound person who climbs for 3 minutes, expends approximately 30 calories.

Did You Know? Stair Climbing, either walking or running, is an organized, amateur competitive event!

Discover and enjoy the health benefits of taking the stairs today. Then, make it a daily habit.

Ways to Participate in National Take the Stairs Day

  • Take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Set a goal to use the stairs from now on. 
  • Gather a group of friends and walk up some stairs together.
  • Use a stair stepper at the gym or at home.
  • If you don’t have one, purchase a stair stepper for your home.

Today's Quote

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” – – Albert Einstein

History and Origin of National Take the Stairs Day

Our research found multiple sources stating that this special day was first held on January 6, 2016. It was clearly defined as the second Wednesday in January. Oddly, we did not find anyone who claimed to have created the day. Based upon our research, we believe it was created by one of a couple of organized stair running groups.

There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a “National” day, which requires an act of congress. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation about this special day.

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