By Donna Smith Fee

The average flight of stairs contains 12 steps.  For a person weighing between 150 and 160 pounds, climbing one flight of stairs three times per day burns approximately 15 calories, according to the Health Sciences Center of the University of New Mexico.

If​ ​your​ ​master​ ​bedroom​ ​is​ ​upstairs,​ ​how​ ​many​ ​times​ ​in​ ​a​ ​week​ ​do​ ​you​ ​think​ ​you​ ​would go​ ​up​ ​the​ ​stairs?​ ​​ ​My​ ​kids’​ ​rooms​ ​are​ ​upstairs​ ​so​ ​I​ ​am​ ​up​ ​and​ ​down​ ​those​ ​stairs​ ​at​ ​least 5​ ​times​ ​a​ ​day.​ ​​ ​If​ ​my​ ​room​ ​were​ ​up​ ​there​ ​too,​ ​I​ ​think​ ​I​ ​would​ ​easily​ ​go​ ​up​ ​the​ ​stairs​ ​10 times​ ​a​ ​day,​ ​twice​ ​that​ ​on​ ​weekends​ ​with​ ​laundry,​ ​vacuuming,​ ​reading​ ​to​ ​the​ ​kids,​ ​and looking​ ​for​ ​lost​ ​socks,​ ​flashlights,​ ​and​ ​overdue​ ​library​ ​books.​ ​I​ ​would​ ​factor​ ​in​ ​the​ ​weight of​ ​laundry​ ​baskets​ ​and​ ​cleaning​ ​equipment​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​get​ ​more​ ​caloric​ ​credit​ ​but​ ​in deference​ ​to​ ​pure​ ​science,​ ​we’ll​ ​work​ ​with​ ​the​ ​numbers​ ​from​ ​University​ ​of​ ​New​ ​Mexico.

If​ ​you​ ​burn​ ​5​ ​calories​ ​everytime​ ​you​ ​go​ ​up​ ​the​ ​stairs​ ​and​ ​you​ ​go​ ​up​ ​them​ ​90​ ​times​ ​in one​ ​week​ ​(10​ ​times​ ​per​ ​week​ ​day,​ ​20​ ​on​ ​Saturday​ ​and​ ​Sunday)​ ​then​ ​that’s​ ​450​ ​calories a​ ​week.

Here’s​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​fantastic​ ​things​ ​that​ ​cost​ ​you​ ​450​ ​calories:

  • Wendy’s​ ​Ultimate​ ​Chicken​ ​Grill​ ​Sandwich​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Mandarin​ ​Orange​ ​Cup​ ​and​ ​Iced​ ​Tea
  • Two​ ​margaritas
  • Caramel​ ​Frappuccino​ ​from​ ​Starbucks
  • Mini​ ​Browie​ ​Cookie​ ​Dough​ ​Blizzard​ ​from​ ​Dairy​ ​Queen
  • 1.75​ ​chili​ ​dogs​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Varsity​ ​in​ ​Athens 14​ ​cups​ ​of​ ​steamed​ ​broccolli

Instead​ ​of​ ​eating​ ​those​ ​450​ ​calories​ ​you​ ​are​ ​burning​ ​per​ ​week​ ​going​ ​up​ ​to​ ​your​ ​master bedroom,​ ​you​ ​could​ ​bank​ ​those​ ​credits.​ ​​ ​There​ ​are​ ​3500​ ​calories​ ​in​ ​a​ ​pound.​ ​That​ ​adds up​ ​to​ ​7​ ​pounds​ ​a​ ​year​ ​you​ ​could​ ​lose​ ​just​ ​by​ ​having​ ​a​ ​master​ ​bedroom​ ​upstairs!

We​ ​all​ ​know​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​maintaing​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​weight​ ​for​ ​longevity.​ ​​ ​Here’s​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of the​ ​top​ ​10​ ​causes​ ​of​ ​death​ ​in​ ​America​ ​from​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​Health​ ​Statistics. The​ ​list​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​2014​ ​data.

●  Heart​ ​disease:​ ​614,348

●  Cancer:​ ​591,699

●  Chronic​ ​lower​ ​respiratory​ ​diseases:​ ​147,101

●  Accidents​ ​(unintentional​ ​injuries):​ ​136,053

●  Stroke​ ​(cerebrovascular​ ​diseases):​ ​133,103

●  Alzheimer’s​ ​disease:​ ​93,541

●  ​ ​Diabetes:​ ​76,488

●  Influenza​ ​and​ ​pneumonia:​ ​55,227

●  Nephritis,​ ​nephrotic​ ​syndrome,​ ​and​ ​nephrosis:​ ​48,146

●  Intentional​ ​self-harm​ ​(suicide):​ ​42,773

I’m​ ​just​ ​a​ ​real​ ​estate​ ​agent​ ​but​ ​I​ ​know​ ​several​ ​items​ ​on​ ​this​ ​list​ ​can​ ​be​ ​contributed​ ​to​ ​weight.
Having​ ​a​ ​master​ ​bedroom​ ​upstairs​ ​increases​ ​your​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​lose​ ​weight,​ ​stay​ ​flexible​ ​and​ ​keeps you​ ​away​ ​from​ ​the​ ​noise​ ​of​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​house.Here’s​ ​to​ ​climbing​ ​upwards!