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Does ascending one step burn 0.1 kcal of energy?

TL,DR: it's in the right ballpark (but depends on how much you weigh, what you're carrying, how fast you're going, etc.). For the elevation alone (not counting the extra energy spent moving your legs)...
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Does exercise make you healthier?

Besides, taking away your stress exercise is proven to increase concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress. and boosting happy chemicals usually ...
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Does ascending one step burn 0.1 kcal of energy?

The 'mgh' analysis given by @Gilles is correct but for a consideration of muscle efficiency - the ratio of useful mechanical work (energy) output to biochemical energy input for human muscle. This is ...
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Does the body get rid of alcocol first before metabolizing food?

It is not that our body "focuses" on alcohol but alcohol being a liquid gets absorbed and metabolized quickly (or first in relation to your question), whereas food needs to be broken down first into ...
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Do many people die because of shovelling snow?

About 100 a year in the USA. An estimated 195 100 individuals (95% confidence interval, 140 400-249 800) were treated in US EDs for snow shovel–related incidents during the 17-year study period, ...
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Is high intensity interval training an efficient way to improve your cardio?

This answer looks at the results of three different meta-analyses that look at HIT vs traditional endurance training. The evidence is mixed, but generally supports HIT being slightly better. Sources ...
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Do fitness trackers make you fatter?

No. Using a tracker does not make you fatter, and that is not what this study claims. Lets start with the participants: Among young adults with a BMI between 25 and less than 40 (so no already ...
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Can small amounts of exercise build muscle?

Getting "ripped" (or synonym of your choice) is an effort in body recomposition. This usually involves building lean muscle mass and losing excess body fat, although not necessarily at the ...
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Does exercise affect the number of muscle cells?

It is evident that muscle growth happens through exercise. This article, Muscle growth and exercise explains that there are three mechanisms involved: by an increase in muscle cell numbers, ...
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Is electric muscle stimulation (EMS) training safe and effective?

EMS is also called as Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) or “electromyostimulation". Muscles which perform different tasks, in addition to having different muscle architecture, respond to ...
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Does lifting weights inhibit growth in kids?

Strength training programs including the use of free weights, weight machines, elastic tubing, or body weight is recommended to preadolescents above the age of 8 years and adolescents with reference ...
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Are elliptical trainers the least accurate cardio equipment for estimating calories burned?

There's lots of research into this, and it's not that simple. In fact, there is even research into how people overestimate how simple it is! Much of the research into the illiptical machine read-...
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Does running, short or long distance, cause muscle loss?

This claim is often repeated on lifting forums and among people at the gym. "Cardio kills gains!" is even a running joke, to be found in fitness humour forums like www.reddit.com/r/swoleacceptance. ...
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Does low-calorie/ high-protein diet + fitness regime allow simultaneous muscle growth and fat loss?

The best thing to do is to go to the original paper, which isn't too hard to find. There are also other studies cited in the FDA listing for this work which seem to corroborate the finding that ...
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Are push-ups beneficial for alleviating sagging breasts?

The degree of female breast ptosis or sagging (woman's breast rate droop) depends on key factors such as cigarette smoking, number of pregnancies, gravity, higher body mass index, larger bra cup size, ...
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Does ascending one step burn 0.1 kcal of energy?

CalorieLab has a calculator for calories burned per type of activity. If you type in a weight 70 kg (155 lbs) and chose "Walking," you get a chart for various walking activities and one says that ...
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Are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome exercises effective?

The most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is wrist overuse: Work-related activities that require a high degree of repetition and force or use of hand-operated vibratory tools ...
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Is mentally practicing a skill more effective than physically practicing?

"[I]f an experienced individual has already learned the component motor skills of a physical task, then mental practice may be sufficient to enhance performance without additional physical practice ...
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Does exercise make you smarter?

Like the answer by 4erkas, we can answer your question in terms of BDNF, neurogenesis, and neuroplasticity: aerobic training may not improve baseline BDNF levels in healthy subjects (Griffin et al., ...
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Does exercise trigger migraines?

American Migraine Foundation mentions that stress can be a trigger of a migraine attack in almost 70% of sufferers. A heavy exercise at an inappropriate time can act as a stressor, while regular ...
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Do fitness trackers make you fatter?

"The idea of using a fitness tracker is that you should pay more attention to the amount of exercise you get and, therefore, be more likely to get enough. This should support weight loss in people who ...
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