The new year is a time where we traditionally take a look at our lives and think about the changes we could make that might make them better. It could be giving something up, learning something new, resolving to get a new job, spending less, taking time each day to just chill… the possibilities are endless.
Popular New Year’s Resolutions
One thing that comes up time and time again however is the intention to get healthier and fitter. According to a recent YouGov poll, the two most popular new year’s resolutions for 2018 are to eat better and to exercise more. If you want to get fit, the two go hand in hand.
This is why searches for gyms and gym memberships spike each January. And while it’s true that a lot of people start the year with the best of intentions and then gradually tail off, the rise of wearable tech and the increased availability of activewear give people a reason to keep going.
In the spirit of the fitness bug that grips the nation this time each year, we decided to take a slightly different look at things. If you were to lace up your running shoes and climb each the world’s tallest buildings (yes, we know they have lifts but humour us!), how many calories would you burn? Well, the answers may surprise you…
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Things we learned:
- Burning calories is harder than you’d think
- Everything is very high
- It’s not possible to eat just one nacho
- Thank goodness for lifts!
If you were to climb to the top of the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa in Dubai), you would only burn off enough calories for one plain, cream cheese bagel (494.53 kcal). Even the building that has the most steps (China’s Shanghai Tower) would only have you burning off the equivalent of one McDonalds Big Mac (577.66 kcal)! Craving a pint of lager and a packet of crisps (358.53 kcal)? You’d better get yourself to Chicago to climb the Willis Tower!
At the other end of the scale, the Statue of Liberty contains 154 steps; that’s enough to burn off the calories from one walnut (26.18 kcal). Meanwhile, the building with the fewest steps, Peru’s El Castillo at Chichenitza, would only have you walking off one nacho chip (15.47 kcal)
If you were to climb all of these buildings (in which case, you’ve definitely earned a treat, you crazy person!), you would burn off the number of calories (3525.97 kcal) in a large Domino’s Bacon Double Cheese pizza, plus 2 portions of chicken strippers, a BBQ dip and a can of Coke (or one very bizarre picnic…).
Which seems like quite a lot, but just think how tired you’d be afterwards (and that’s not including the jet lag you’d feel flying between countries)! At least the views would be better than your local gym’s, even if you’re too exhausted to appreciate them …