This stair calorie calculator demonstrates the use of the radio button and Math Utilities components. The Math Utilities component is used to round the displayed results to 2 decimal places. It may also helps you lose weight!
On my return from the gymnasium the other day, I was about to catch the lift to the 11th floor when I realised that it would be healthier to walk up the stairs instead.
After walking up the stairs, I then thought to myself was it worth it? How many Calories had I burnt? To figure it out I did some research and created the calculator below which will show the energy consumed climbing stairs.
Calculation Method Options
The Physics option calculates the result based on the difference in potential energy (mass * gravity * height). This represents the absolute minimum amount of energy that must have been expended to climb the stairs. However, as the human body expends energy walking on level ground or even down stairs, the actual value would be higher. A few web searches revealed that 5 kcal per flight of stairs for a 150lb person is a typically quoted amount. The Dept of Health option calculates on the basis of a 150lb person and 5kcal per flight. The 5kcal / flight figure was quoted as coming from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, hence Dept of Health is used to identify that calculation method. I have assumed that the figure is proportional to weight so the calculator modifies the results proportionally according to the entered weight.