When it comes to healthy living, every step counts — literally.

Next time you’re faced with the choice of taking the elevator or the stairs, choose the latter. 

It will burn some extra calories, strengthen leg muscles and give you a quick energy boost.

Ten minutes of climbing stairs will burn around 100 calories for a 165-pound person, according to the American Council on Exercise. It burns even more calories than jogging. 

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Studies have shown that climbing stairs qualifies as a vigorous physical activity, which contributes to greater heart health, via Verywell Health.

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The benefits come from not only the extra steps, but also from the added incline.

“Compared to walking on a flat surface, climbing stairs requires people to raise their own body weight against the forces of gravity, putting extra stress on muscles and the cardio-respiratory system,” Kelly Jones, MS, RD, a performance dietitian and consultant in Philadelphia, told Fox News Digital in an email. 

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