Skip the Elevator, Take the Stairs!

Push yourself, not the button. Take the stairs to fit in some extra fitness.

Walking up and down stairs is an activity not normally viewed as an exercise in the traditional sense. It is, however, an excellent way to squeeze exercise into a busy schedule.

Consider the stairs a built-in piece of gym equipment. Any time you can take the stairs over the elevator, you’re doing your health a favor. And if you can squeeze in a few stair walking repetitions during your day, even better. Climbing stairs is a great form of cardio exercise: It burns calories, produces endorphins and can improve your heart health. Here’s how to do it:

OK, so you probably know how to walk up the stairs. Start your routine slow by walking up a few flights, and be sure to take breaks when you need them. As you get more comfortable, add some speed to your routine, jogging up the stairs (make sure doing so is safe, and never run DOWN the stairs). As you build your strength, you can add more stairs and more speed.

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