Finding time to exercise can be tough. Every day seems to fill itself with work, work, and more work. By the time you get home, the comfort of the couch is overbearing and your best-laid plans to exercise vanish.
But even on crazy days like that, you can find easy ways to get your heart pumping.
One of my favorites ways to sneak exercise into my daily routine is to follow one simple rule:
Always take the stairs.
If you follow that rule, you’re bound to get some exercise at some point during your day.
Is your office on the second floor? Take the stairs.
Is your apartment on the fifth floor? Take the stairs.
Did you just park underground? Take the stairs.
Yes, there are some limitations to this. I don’t imagine anyone working on floor 79 of a high rise downtown wants to spend 30 minutes each morning climbing up to the office. That’s too much to ask. But maybe get off the elevator a few floors early, or take the stairs down at the end of the day just to get moving. There are definitely ways to work it in even when faced with insurmountable climbs.
While taking the stairs isn’t going to turn you into an Olympic athlete, it does ensure that you don’t live a completely sedentary lifestyle. Eventually taking the stairs will become second nature and you won’t even think twice. Every day the climb will become easier until one day you’ll find yourself skipping up two steps at a time!
So the next time you see some stairs, take them. The elevator won’t miss you.
The One Thing: Take the stairs
Lane Sawyer is an IT consultant at Pariveda Solutions in Seattle, WA. He enjoys writing articles like this one when he’s not working on some new project, tackling a challenging video game, or running around outside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You can find out more about him on his website.