It has been 42 days since India was put under lockdown to fight the spread of COVID-19. That’s 42 days of not going out, not meeting other people, and keeping a safe distance from everyone and everything (because fomites). It’s understandable to go a little stir crazy under these unprecedented circumstances. Usually, this would be a great time to hit the gym and work out, release some of that pent-up frustration, but with access to public establishments restricted, and not everyone having the luxury of an in-house gym or backyard, people are getting creative. Home workouts are the new rage and even fitness giants like Cult have released their sessions on their app for free so people can get their daily endorphin kick. What’s surprising is that in this maelstrom of digital workouts, an unlikely competitor is quickly rising up the ranks: stairs.
27-year-old Rory Southworth started his journey on Instagram as he gathered forces with about 30 other people virtually to climb up to the Everest Base Camp on their individual staircases over the course of five days. For Rory, it was his back-garden stairs. After completing this #virtualEBC attempt successfully, he’s now looking to go the distance and make it to the summit: a 3,448 metres ascent/descent, 15,085 steps, and 2,155 stair reps.
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Because it's there...#everest . Since first running the height of Ben Nevis a few weeks back I had my eye on bigger things. Last week's #virtualEBC took me up to Everest Base Camp, a perfect place to launch a summit assault from in a single push (3448m). . Linking up with @timmyrfranklin in Australia, we decided on joining virtual forces and start together tomorrow at 5am (UK time/2pm Brisbane time), video calling each other to run this together as an international virtual summit attempt! . . EBC to Summit and back in numbers: . 3,448m Ascent/Descent 15,085 steps 2,155 stair reps 4,308 180° turns (this will be the killer) . . I won't be alone, a number of others have decided to join this summit push virtually too! . Everest Team: @davpye @joeday83 @mariecheng27 @jamiemiranda1 @jamieultrarunner @alexstaniforth_ @joshuabrex @mattgibsonadventure @missblowfish @outdoor__exploits @steviecbarker @will.h.p.runsonplants @timmyrfranklin @em_benn @wardterence77 @fellfoodie @holliecmmajor . . #timetoplayinside #indoorsoutdoors #ukhikers #trailrunning #trailrunninguk #uktrailrunning #hikersofinstagram #hikethelakes #lakedistrict #lakelanders #lakesography #runnersofinstagram #runningcommunity #runnerslife #RunningAddict #runtoinspire
Going a step (pun intended) further, was 53-year-old John Griffin. CNN reported that Griffin climbed up and down his three-storey house in southern England 1,363 times over four days to climb the height of Mount Everest—8,850 metres. Griffin’s roof terrace acted as the summit from where he waved the Union flag after completing his four-day indoor-mountaineering journey.
Even closer to home, stairs are becoming a popular fad. Actor, model and fitness enthusiast Milind Soman made headlines last month as he took to Instagram to talk about his workout regime of climbing stairs along with his wife and mother. According to Soman, he climbed about 200 floors or 4,000 stairs, while his mother climbed 30 floors, and wife Ankita climbed for nearly an hour and a half.
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4th day of stairclimbing ! Started with 45min and today 85min, so the going is good ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂªðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂªðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ did about 200 floors, which is about 4000 stairs ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ my mother climbed 30 floors and @ankita_earthy climbed for 85min! #fitfamily . . . #keepgoing #keepmoving #neverstop #pinkathome #Pinkathon #FitnessAddicts #stairs #stairclimber #fit #love #betterhabits4betterlife #bettereveryday #begrateful #bepositive
The Harvard Medical School estimates that you can burn about three times as many calories climbing stairs than you will walking for the same duration. Climbing stairs requires nearly 50 per cent more energy than most low-intensity workouts.
The world is taking to the stairs. Why don’t you also try benching that expensive gym membership and move your workouts right to your doorstep?