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Riding the Elevator vs. Climbing the Stairs

You know I am all about taking the stairs whenever you have the chance. Why not add a little motion to our often sedentary lives? Well, I just came across another reason to take the stairs: speed.

A study at the University of South Carolina determined that it might be our laziness, and not our desire for efficiency that keeps us riding the elevator. After determining that "saving time" was the most popular reason for avoiding the stairs, researchers timed their own daily actions, both using the elevator and taking the stairs, several times a day for several days. They found that when taking the stairs they arrived at their destination more quickly than riding the elevator. The reason? The waiting time for the elevator, of course! So turn your impatience into action and take the stairs.

Fit's Disclaimer: I know that if you work on the 30th floor, this might not hold true. However, I do suggest you try this particular experiment yourself. Your lungs and legs will appreciate the challenge.


mominator mominator 10 years
I rather the stairs only because I do not like elevators.
jmast jmast 10 years
I used to work in a 44 floor building and we were on the 44th walking up the stairs was a bit much. But when I had to go to another floor like the 36th or 39th, etc. I would take the stairs. But I had to go to the 3rd floor a lot and it just wasn't practical. Now I'm a homemaker so I have a two story home and the basement where my laundry is so I'm always going up and down the stairs :) I actually walk upstairs to use the bathroom on the second floor, even though we have a bathroom on the first floor. I like to think it adds up. Especially since I have to pee constantly. LOL!!!!!
pastaqueen pastaqueen 10 years
I once went out to eat with some friends after an event and they insisted on driving to the restaurant. All the time it took driving around looking for a parking space was way longer than it would have taken just to walk there. Not to mention all the gas money we spent and the change spent on the meter.
paii paii 10 years
I always take the stairs. But there are times i do still take the elevator.
kelsee kelsee 10 years
I always take the stairs....I'm scared to death of elevators
fashionhore fashionhore 10 years
*If I was feeling more energetic and I have the time, I would take the stairs all the way up/down.
fashionhore fashionhore 10 years
I always take the stairs. I working a building with 5 floors and I work on the 5th floor. It only makes sense, why not move more? I don't even know where the elevator is located really! I used to live a in a dorm with 20 floors and I lived on the 19th floor. I would talk up as far as I could and then take the elevator up the rest of the way. I was usually floor 11 or whatever.
Sunshine-in-Seattle Sunshine-in-Seattle 10 years
I love taking the stairs at work. I always beat the crappy ladies that work in my building. When I get to the floor before them they all seem surprised. It's probably why they are enormous...walk up the stairs ladies!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 10 years
At my work, the building is two stories, and we have an elevator. Hardly any of these lazy Biatches uses the stairs.
skinnyforme skinnyforme 10 years
i take the stairs no matter what, unless there's no stairs in the building, then i'm forced to take the elevator. even with escalators, i walk up those.
almostloli almostloli 10 years
i avoid elevator, i want to burn more calories!!! hahahah :D
lintacious lintacious 10 years
I am sooo impatient. Even though the elevators (all four of 'em!) are pretty speedy and my coworkers usually beat me up, I'd still rather go up seven flights than have to wait at all. besides it drives me NUTS when someone takes the elevator to the 2nd or 3rd floor!!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
Yea, I don't have an elevator. So I'm running up and down those stairs like at least 10 times a day :) Even when I worked at a place with an elevator, I always tried to take the stairs! And at home, I try not to take the elevator too. I do when I have my hands full, but if it's just my purse with me I know I can manage haha!
syako syako 10 years
I used to work in a bldg with elevators and would get so frustrated when the elevator would stop at the fifth floor, the person would get on and proceed to ride down to the fourth!! I never ever understood that. Some of the men in my office had a "stair running" race every day after lunch. It was pretty funny because they'd all come tumbling in the office after the race in their suits sweating and panting. Loved it.
kungfubunni kungfubunni 10 years
i always take the stairs! 2 at a time so it's like doing lunges.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 10 years
I try to always take the stairs but sometimes here in SF the stairwells are locked in some buildings. The stairs are only for emergencies. I worked on the 12th floor and I hated waiting for the elevator. One day they weren't working so we got to take the stairs and I ran past my co-workers and didn't break a sweat. So fun. Of course I was lapped by my marathon running and Ironman competing co-workers but we had the water cooler to ourselves for a long while that day. We actually did the lunch runs for all the other 75 employees that day who were too "busy" to out to get lunch. We told them they had to get something light for lunch like salad or soup- and yeah the Pizza places wouldn't deliver all those pizza and climb the stairs so every ate light that day and we got extra time outside to play around.
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