Can Going Down the Stairs Burn as Many Calories?

You know climbing stairs is a great way to burn calories — but is there any benefit to going down the stairs?

We all know that climbing stairs burns lots of calories, and you may be trying to do it as much as you can. But what about going down stairs? Obviously it burns more calories than standing in an elevator, but how many more?

Actually, walking down stairs burns more calories than walking on a flat surface, and it certainly burns more calories than standing in an elevator. As long as you don’t have balance or joint problems, or any medical reasons not to, it’s definitely worth it to take the stairs down as well as up.