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Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« on: February 28, 2012, 02:46:16 PM »
Not really anything too difficult. I am just tired of seeing people around here in their 50's and early 60's who waddle to the elevator. Maybe if you'd used the stairs (along with other exercise and a healthier diet) you could actually be strong enough to lift your legs up a flight of stairs.

Don't be lazy.

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012, 03:08:19 PM »
Gosh, we used to live in a condo on the 16th floor and it drove me nuts when the elevator stopped on #2 to take someone DOWN one or two flights. It probably took them longer to wait for the elevator!


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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2012, 03:20:56 PM »
I started using the stairs after my friend told me a story of someone getting killed in an elevator malfunction. In addition to any health benefits, its not worth the (however infinitesimal) risk to save 30 seconds of effort.

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2012, 08:19:20 PM »
I'm in my 50s and avoid elevators like the plague. I'm on the third floor and try to jog up when I can.

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2012, 09:32:03 AM »
I started using the stairs after my friend told me a story of someone getting killed in an elevator malfunction. In addition to any health benefits, its not worth the (however infinitesimal) risk to save 30 seconds of effort.

Elevators are the most used, and most taken advantage of, form of public transportation. And yes, there are many things that can go wrong.

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2012, 07:52:59 PM »
I work on the 10th floor of a building and the elevator was out of service when I got to work today.  Wouldn't have been such a big deal except that I had just run 3 miles before showing up to work.  Kind of annoyed me.

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2012, 10:34:57 AM »
Think about the 50lb. overweight folks who had to do it after sitting in traffic for 30 minutes. I think you were better off :-)

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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2012, 04:14:42 AM »
This is such a simple change to make, I can't believe how lazy and complacent people have become. DH and I made the switch to using the stairs almost exclusively (we made an exception earlier this week when we had just gotten home from a trans-Atlantic trip). We live on the 5th floor, and as another poster mentioned, it drives me nuts when I see people taking the lift down from from the 2nd floor. Our local tube station is about 2-3 floors underground, and we invariably beat the lift going up- or downstairs, especially when heaps of people are piling in at the last minute and causing delays. The lifts at my office building are terribly slow, too, and I don't understand why 60-70% of my colleagues - including some who are in great shape from cycling or gym activities - don't bother to take the stairs up or down from our 2nd floor office. 

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2012, 08:09:47 AM »
I love going to hotels who only put stairs at the end of each wing. The elevators are right there by the front desk. It makes sense when people have a ton of luggage, but they really couldn't put a set of stairs around the center of the hotel either?

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2012, 02:33:11 PM »
Good call on this one. My work building is 6 floors and I frequently need to move between the 1st and 3rd floor. I make a habit to use the stairs, but its only about 50% of the time.

Maybe a march challange for me could be to try it 100% of the time.

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2012, 06:09:58 PM »
I always take the two flights of stairs up from the parking garage to the lobby.  I wish I could could take the stairs from the lobby up to my office but they lock the stairwells for security reasons.

I'll never forget how shocked I was when I saw my father-in-law take the elevator to his second floor office.  An elevator for one floor!  He was obese, sedentary, and died in his first year of retirement.  When my wife gave me the fishing rod his coworkers had given him at his retirement party, it still had the tags on it.  Sad.

Learn from this like I did and take the stairs.

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2012, 06:43:50 PM »
Gosh, we used to live in a condo on the 16th floor and it drove me nuts when the elevator stopped on #2 to take someone DOWN one or two flights. It probably took them longer to wait for the elevator!

I definitely feel you on this one.  I work in a skyscraper with about 40 floors, and it takes long enough for the elevator to go up and down under normal circumstances.  But there's always that one guy that takes the elevator from the 29th floor to the 28th floor - even though he probably had to wait 5 minutes to catch the elevator and there are THREE staircases easily accessible for him.  It's so frustrating.

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2012, 05:14:51 PM »
I'll never forget how shocked I was when I saw my father-in-law take the elevator to his second floor office.  An elevator for one floor!  He was obese, sedentary, and died in his first year of retirement.  When my wife gave me the fishing rod his coworkers had given him at his retirement party, it still had the tags on it.  Sad.

WOW.

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2012, 06:21:01 PM »
maybe if the stairs were more fun....

http://youtu.be/2lXh2n0aPyw

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2012, 08:58:19 PM »
I live on the 17th floor and work on the 8th (different building), so this would be a challenge.  Plus you can't get to the stairs without taking the elevator up..security..

Still, its a good reminder.  I usually try to take the stairs going between floors in my office, but I should make a more concerted effort to take them coming and going too.

I do walk ~3 mi/day though, just around town and to/from work.

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Re: Use the stairs now, so you don't have to use the elevator later.
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2012, 07:26:14 AM »
I work on the 16th floor of my building, so yeah, I take the elevator, but I walk from the train station to my office building every day. That's 20 minutes each way, so 40 minutes of walking a day, built right into my daily routine.

I used to hate climbing the 5 flights of stairs at the station first thing in the morning but now I kind of love it. I especially like taking several flights down at a really fast pace!

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« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2012, 07:09:15 AM »
I'll have to take up this challenge. I'm guilty of using the lift to go up to the third floor, where I work. I start to use the stairs more recently, so I'm only using the lift when I get to work (having just cycled there and my legs not having quite got used to it) but I will combat this and start using the stairs when I get to work too. I have no choice when I get home, I live on the second floor and have to carry my bike up a flight of stairs to where it's stored. Really there's no excuse for not using the stairs when I first get to work, I don't even have to carry the bike up them there!