Stepping it Up
9/16/2011 3:03 PM
A few weeks ago I moved from a 2nd floor elevator building to a 6th floor walk-up. I know, it’s crazy – but our roof deck and the view we get from it was too good to pass up!
The day I moved in I walked up and down those six flights (182 stairs...
of course I counted!) seven times. SEVEN! That’s up 1,274 and down 1,274 stairs in one day. Bear in mind the Empire State Building (which you can see from our rooftop) has 1,576 steps. I almost did the Empire State Run Up that day. I was impossibly sore afterwards but felt really good about having attacked that much exercise just by moving in. And then it hit me – I would have to walk up those 182 stairs at least once a day every day. But rather than look at it as a hindrance, I took it as a good thing. I’m literally forced to exercise at least for five minutes, climbing those stairs every single day. And they even come in handy when I miss the gym!
Over Labor Day, I walked all the way to the gym one evening, only to find out it closed at 5 p.m. because of the holiday. So instead of missing my workout, I decided to scale and descend the stairs in my building 10 times to make up for it. My neighbors probably thought I was crazy, but at least I got my workout in.
-- Kristina Lucarelli