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Motivation to lose weight: how I used stairs to lose weight and get fit for my wedding

Holly, 24, a marketing assistant from London, climbed the stairs to lose weight for her wedding. Here's her her story.

"I've always struggled with diets, I start well but seem to break after only a few days. And I've never had success with gyms as I don't feel confident using exercise machines and I've never felt comfortable in classes. So, when I noticed a group of colleagues at work meeting up at lunchtimes and doing mini-workouts on the stairs, I thought I'd give it a go.

"I needed that motivation to lose weight. I was getting married and I really wanted to lose some weight and tone up for my big day. Stair climbing proved to be an easy exercise to lose weight, it fitted in with my day, didn’t feel like exercise and I didn't feel at all self-conscious. I downloaded the StepJockey tracker App and by climbing up and down the 100 stairs to my fifth floor office three times a day, I was burning 481.8 calories a week! It wasn’t long before I was looking for more stairs to climb. I started climbing the stairs rather than taking the escalator at either end of my commute and clocked up an extra 814 steps a week (and escaped the overcrowded lifts).

"I burnt an extra 195 calories a day by just climbing the stairs. Overall this added up to 44,905 calories over the year, which is the equivalent to 22 days of food or 4.99kg of fat. I was amazed by the results, my BMI dropped and I went from being overweight to a healthy weight. Better still, I had an amazing wedding day!"

Holly’s vital statistics

  • Start weight – 73.90kg
  • Finish weight – 68.09kg
  • Height – 170cm
  • Additional steps climbed per week – 6,320
  • Average weekly calorie burn – 976.20
  • Total annual calorie burn - 44,905.20
  • Total annual fat burn – 4.99
  • Calorie expenditure in food days – 22.45
  • Total weight loss – 5.81
  • Start BMI – 25.57 (overweight)
  • Finish BMI – 23.56 (healthy)