As I exit my vehicle and head towards the entrance of my work each day a strange little dance begins to unfold.
I swipe my security card and head indoors and wind down the hallway where 5 elevators await to whisk me to my desk on the 5th floor.
If I’m fortunate enough, no one will be there waiting on the elevator and I’ll duck around the corner and hit the stairs.
Alas, many days there will be a polite person waiting, hey this is Oklahoma not New York, and they’ll inevitably be holding the elevator for me.
“No Thanks, I’ll take the stairs.” I shout down the hallway to the bewildered polite person holding the elevator.
Taking the Stairs
I’m not sure when I became a stair taker, but I take pride in it. At the mall, stairs (if I can find them). At the airport, I’ll take the stairs in the middle of two inviting escalators.
I’m often annoyed in places like hotels which seem to hide their stairways and have them exiting outside the comfort of the lobby. Why hide the stairs?
I feel as in most places, I’m herded and encouraged to the take the escalator or elevator. I’m lulled into being pushed along the “people movers” at the airports too, instead of walking.
I often feel like cattle with these devices instead of a person with free will–and legs for that matter.
Taking the Stairs is a Daily Choice
It’s easy to take the elevators and escalators in life, yet they don’t make us stronger or give as much satisfaction as taking the stairs.
I burn a good bit of calories by this daily choice too. How much? This chart in our office stairway encourages us to burn the 3,500 calories needed to burn a pound of fat. That’s a lot of stairs!
Taking the stairs is daily choice. With each flight of stairs I’m burning about 4 calories. Not much right? Add that up to a daily average of 8 flights (going up and down in between departments) equals about 32 calories each day.
Weekly 160 calories. Monthly 640 calories. Yearly 7680 calories–Bam! That’s enough to burn or keep off 2 pounds of fat each year!
Those little steps each day at the office add up to a larger yearly gain.
It Works for Money Too!
The choosing to take the stairs principle works for money too. Think you can’t save much? Save or invest a little each paycheck and see the wonder of compound interest.
Have debt? Apply a little extra above the minimum payments and see that debt start to shrink. Apply even more and that debt will be snowballing down the hill at crazy speeds.
Be Weird and Take the Stairs
Small steps pay off. The hard thing to do is the daily choice to make the effort.
Yes, you’ll be odd by taking the stairs. You risk offending others, having others talk about you, and looking weird by not following the rest of the cattle.
Do it! Apply the “take the stairs” principle to life and you’ll one stepping your way to success.
Try applying this saying literally and figuratively today, “No thanks, “ll take the stairs.”