Take the stairs

Walk right past that elevator and find the staircase.

You’ll be benefiting¬†your health and humanity:

  1. The small break in your day will stimulate your mind to perform better when you return to your desk.
  2. Moving your body up and down those stairs will get your heart rate up and help you to live (slightly) longer.
  3. Your lungs will want more oxygen, so you’ll breathe deeper.
  4. The added stress to your legs will actually increase your bone density.
  5. Your refreshed mind and body will make you better company for your co-workers.
  6. It’s a quick and easy way to add at least a little exercise into your day.
  7. Taking those steps will help you lose weight…¬† a little bit is better than none!
  8. No special clothing is required.
  9. Elevators use a tremendous amount of energy. Riding solo vs. taking the stairs consumes enough energy to power your stove for three hours. (Well, I’m just making that up. But it does take a huge amount of energy to move that giant chunk of metal up and down the elevator shaft.)



  1. If you work in a skyscraper, this does not apply. Use your good judgment. At least you can take a few flights of stairs up and down when you need to use the necessary room.
  2. Some buildings handily lock their stairways for security purposes. (What happens when there’s a fire?)
  3. Not everyone can take stairs! But you can take a break, anyhow. Just look away from your screen for a bit.

2 Replies to “Take the stairs”

  1. When I worked in the WBT Huntington Beach office, I used to take the 3 flights of stairs on my breaks, going up and down several times. But I’ve found that many buildings, even shorter than skyscrapers, lock their stairwells as a security measure so you have no choice but to use the elevator except in emergencies.

    1. Great point! It’s impossible to take the stairs sometimes.

      And I wonder – what happens when there’s a fire? Would the doors instantly open? Not necessarily!

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