Stepping it Up

Written by weightwatchers.com editors on 9/16/2011 3:03 PM | COMMENTS (7)

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

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  • Post Image walkermaniac

    9/19/2011 9:23 AM
    I have completed 3 of those wonderful 5 K's and won 2, in my age category. Go Weight Watchers, I am back on plan and losing as I sit here typing. Walkermaniac


  • Post Image divinelady2008

    9/21/2011 12:09 PM
    I know the feeling. I walk up 5 flights of stairs several times a day to make it to my 4th floor apartment. Yikes. What I have noticed is that each time it gets easier and easier. I still remember my move three months ago.


  • Post Image mrsevilbeetles

    10/14/2011 9:26 PM
    nice, we live in a house that has no stairs but I love the stair climber at the gym. Not the stepper but it is a machine that literaly has a mini escalator on it and you just keep climbing!!!!


  • Post Image goodellr

    9/19/2011 9:08 AM
    I couldn't walk 50 ft without loosing my breath before weight watchers, now I can do the walk away the pounds video 5 miles, and did the five K. I now workout everyday. Thanks weight watchers.


  • Post Image jennxpt

    9/18/2011 4:30 PM
    How nice to have a built-in workout! :) Strong quads for you. I work about a mile away, so I walk back and forth each day for my built-in workout. Still belong to the gym, though!


  • Post Image maggie12211 (maggie)

    10/17/2011 6:28 PM
    Love it.... we have stairs leading from a 2nd story balcony and I will run up and down while holding onto dumbbells. My little Maltese goes up and down with me. I'm sure she is confused.


  • Post Image cbrouserobinson (cynthia)

    9/19/2011 1:15 PM
    Brings back memories of getting in shape for a 3 week backpacking trip in Rockies many MANY years ago. First day, I "ran" up and down the 20 flights of our building. Next week, COULDN'T move, quads were so sore. Learned to run UP and take the elevator DOWN...much better




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