If it is not to far up or down, do take the elevator or stairs?

Elevator - Elevator or stairs
@lpipe0240 (1161)
United States
May 9, 2007 8:40am CST
If you need to go up/down three floors and there are steps and elevators, which would you take? I work two floors down from the main floor but usually take the elevator. I should start taking the steps, as it would be good exercise. What do you do?
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@mrsbrian (1950)
• United States
9 May 07
I usually take the elevator as I have leg problems,when I was younger and in better health I always took the stairs just for the exercise and i miss those days I can manage the down stairs just fine its the up that gives me problems.
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@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
9 May 07
Sorry about you leg. That's good you still try going down steps.
@easy888 (10405)
• Australia
9 May 07
Hello,ipipe,if i need to wait for the elevators for more than few mintues,i will choose the stairs as it does not make a huge difference if i walk up/down stairs,if the elevator is right there waiting for me,there is no point to walk through the stairs as it will take a longer time.
@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
9 May 07
Good point. I get this way sometimes too...
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• United States
9 May 07
This is so funny to read. I was going to a business meeting the other night. We all were going to the third floor. All of them but me took the elevator. I walk when its this low amount of floors. I can't breathe in those tight boxes. I get closed up going above the third floor because I have to take it.
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@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
9 May 07
I used to get dizzy on elevators. Now that I take them alot, my body is used to it.
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@PsychoDude (2013)
• Netherlands
9 May 07
I tend to use the elevators up pretty much at all times, down if it's less than 5 floors or something I just take the stairs. It doesn't cost any energy to walk down a stair anyways, gravity does all the work for you.
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@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
9 May 07
I think elevators are usally easier to find than strairs too.
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• United States
9 May 07
I would walk ten flights of stairs to avoid the elevator. I am terrified of small spaces. The only time I use it is when I have my daughter, because carrying her and stroller up stairs in not a good idea.
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@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
9 May 07
WOW, that is a lot of steps.
@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
9 May 07
I always take the elevator, it is just easier...I should take the staris though to get in some exersice, but if I did by the time I got to where I was going I would probably be out of breath and sweaty!!
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@lpipe0240 (1161)
• United States
9 May 07
I'm with you there! :-)
• United States
31 May 07
If it's not too far, I will usually opt for the stairs. It's a good way to get a little extra physical activity out of my day. Usually, if I am in a rush, I will also take the stairs because I can get up those faster than taking the elevator. Of course, if it's far, then I will make sure that I take the elevator cause there's no use in getting tired over it.
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@happymom1 (1179)
• United States
16 May 07
I choose stairs for exercise purposes. But sometimes my laziness kick in so i use elevator.
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• India
11 May 07
walking up and down stairs is a good exercise but it has to be practical,i mean you cant walk forever,sometimes elevators are more convenient....
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• India
11 May 07
I always take the stairs, unless of course I'm carrying something heavy, which is quite rare, or if I need to climb too many stairs. If it is under three floors, I take the stairs and I never take the elevator if I'm going downstairs. A friend of mine feels very claustrophobic within the confines of the elevator, so always takes the stairs, no matter how many floors he has to climb, so it gets rather difficult, even for me, when I'm accompanying him!
• India
11 May 07
i would love to take the stairs too..! if the place i am going is not important... and no one notices if am sweating or panting;)
@adijam265 (769)
• India
10 May 07
i always prefer a free steps corridor, i have long legs and can go up 2-3 steps at a time, i dont think about exercise and all, its just that i like to do it, and can be as fast as a lift if the corridor is free. so my answer will be steps
@minnie_98214 (10558)
• United States
10 May 07
For me it depends if I have my kids I take the elevator if alone I take the stairs. Now if it is many floors I will take the elevator for sure.
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@elisa812 (3031)
• United States
14 Jun 07
If it's not too far, then I usually try to take the stairs. I like to get in the extra little bit of exercise, and many times it ends up being quicker to take the stairs cause the elevator sometimes takes a long time.
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
I would probably take the stairs. Its a good exercise. I dont want to be too lazy. Climbing the stairs could help strengthen our muscles and it could improve the condition of the heart. I avoid getting inside elevators because I dont want to experience the hassle of getting trapped inside if there should be power interruptions. However, I ride elevators for higher floors.
• Indonesia
31 May 07
hm if only 3 floors i will take stairs because i think it will good for our health because we can give our body simple exercise..
@Stiletto (4582)
30 May 07
Oh I always take the stairs because I really don't like elevators (I take it that's what we call lifts?) and avoid them at all costs. The only time I won't take the stairs is if there's loads of them - I'm talking maybe 10 flights of stairs or something like that. Any less and I'll just struggle up them. Good exercise as well!
@toyhamarz (124)
• United States
30 May 07
If it's only one or two flights I usually take the stairs. I got in the habit of doing that when I worked at a place that only had 1 elevator and you could get stuck waiting for it for more time than it would take to simply use the stairs. And it does sometimes make you feel like you excercised at least a little!
@andak2007 (3229)
• Philippines
29 May 07
Elevators make me dizzy and my daughter does not like it either...i love to take the stairs when im not in a hurry.
@limcyjain (3519)
• India
28 May 07
I maily use the elevator at the stock exchange as my brokers room is on the forth floor. I rarely use the stairs for this purpose but your suggestion carries weight and i would surely try to move 50% of my visits to stairs rather than an elevator.