Working in an office and being slightly addicted to the internet is great (to me, at least) until I think about how little movement or exercise I actually get throughout each working day. It’s not ideal, of course!
I could go to the gym, but that’s not practical when the internet exists. I literally can’t move away from it for more than a couple of minutes without getting the shakes and starting to consider calling the police for help. Okay, so it’s not that bad, but I still can’t be bothered going to the gym.
Take the Stairs at Work
Fergus Walsh, a Medical Correspondent for BBC News, wrote a great article about why he opts to take the stairs at work rather than the lift, and it lead to me to considering the same thing.
From the article, I learnt that climbing stairs is a form of vigorous exercise, it burns more calories per minute than jogging, and improves cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength. I also learnt from this article that climbing stairs can lower cholesterol levels, something which I take tablets for on a daily basis.
Royal Liver Building Stairs
I work in the Royal Liver Building, on the 11th floor, and there 486 stairs!
I don’t think this is the actual number of stairs I would be climbing, though, as that number is calculated from the basement to the tower. I think a more accurate number for my daily stair climb is 400.
On Friday, I decided to start – I walked up them in the morning, and down in the evening. I was so tired after the climb up them as they’re quite steep and high, and it was also about quarter past 8 in the morning. I felt great afterwards and definitely plan on sticking to it for as long as I can keep myself going.
There are 12 lifts in the Royal Liver Building so, as you can imagine, it’s pretty hard to walk by all of them all for the stairs of doom, but I know it’ll be worth it if I stick to it now. Come on Marty!
Take the Challenge
If you work in an office and don’t get much exercise throughout the day, I think you should join me on this challenge and start taking the stairs at work – assuming you have a lift, of course.
Even if there are only a couple of flights of stairs, it all adds up.
Are you up for it? Let’s do this!
Let me in the comments section if you are going to take the challenge. I will also do a follow-up to this post and let you know how I got on in the next couple of months (hopefully).