We’ve all seen those magazine articles that tell us how much sin we’ve been living in when we indulge in a piece of chocolate cake, giving us a gentle run down of how many minutes we would have to run for to burn it off. A new project based out of London is now applying those logics to real life situations.
StepJockey is aiming to raise awareness and health consciousness by highlighting the benefits of taking the stairs in real life situations, and translating it to calories / energy burnt, giving stair-climbers a real look at what their stair-climbing efforts are achieving.
Though signs and “smart” labels, the StepJockey project believes that simple acts of activity, such as walking up stairs instead of taking the elevator, can help improve fitness and assist people in their weight loss goals.
The project currently operates through a website and a free iPhone app. As it is in its initial phases, it is pulling data from its users by finding areas where stairs are most prevalent, and then calculating how many calories are burned when users take those stairs. The users then take control, either printing off or ordering the smart labels to place in the stair locations where they just burned the calories. The app can track and share calorie burning activities, and also logs calories burned.