Do u use stairs in big buildings or u just hop in elevators or take escalators?

escalator - escalator in a newly-built mall
Philippines
January 29, 2010 5:30pm CST
Life is easier with the presence of things that make us comfortable. Elevators and escalators are surely a big help in going up tall buildings. I know for a fact that a chief nurse of a local hospital does her rounds climbing up and down stairs of the 10-storey hospital. How about you? Do you use stairs in climbing up and down buildings? Do you use the escalators in malls over the stairs?
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• United States
29 Jan 10
My apartment in on the second floor and the only way to reach my place is by the stairs. I am a bit of a hypocrite though. At every other place I go I use the elevator or the escalator. That is true except for the building where my doctors' appointments are and up the 8 flights of steps to the fitness center. I guess I'm hoping that there is profit in each and every effort.
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
Hi Sissybug, Well, I am like you at times. The office where I work is located on the 4th floor and we don't have elevators in the building. So we use the stairs for 5 days. So, sometimes on weekends when I go to the malls, I treat myself to the an elevator or escalator ride even if I go up the second floor.
@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
30 Jan 10
8 flights of steps.. wow.. Taking the stairs to exercise can be cool.
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
I use elevators more often than not. Specially in the office because I work at the 12th floor and in our apartment cause I live on the 20th. Though when going to and from floors that are only 1 or 2 floors away, I try to use the stairs, cause it not only lessen the electricity consumption of your building, but it is also healthy for you.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Ingkingderders, I know it would be very tiresome to climb stairs to where you work and where you live. That is the purpose of elevators on big buildings. There are good benefits in exercising --- climbing stairs is a form of exercise. I even saw athletes going up and down the stairs of the grandstand area purposely to exercise and improve their skills and stamina.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Yep, climbing the stairs is really a good exercise, that's why I still try to do it once in a while.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
I do it, too. There is no elevator in the building where I work. I climb up and down the 4 floors each day.
@bellis716 (4805)
• United States
30 Jan 10
The stairs were one thing I missed when I retired. I would go up and down the stairs on my breaks. Now I live in a one story house on a level street. I'm getting flabby.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Bellis, Well, when you have the chance, you can do brisk walking within the neighborhood or maybe in the park. I go up and down the four floors everyday for five days in a week that I go to work. Sometimes, I go up and down not just once in the morning and afternoon but in between work when I need to. It is tiring but there's benefit that comes with it. And the government building that our agency is housed does not an elevator, lol. So, there is actually no choice but climb the stairs.
@bellis716 (4805)
• United States
1 Feb 10
I do walk around the neighborhood, but walking on flat land is not the same as climbing stairs.
• Philippines
1 Feb 10
That's true. I often see athletes do their exercise climbing up and down the stairs in the grandstand area when they are done on the flat oval grounds.
@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
30 Jan 10
My first option in a mall or a building that are not so high up is to use the elevators. That way, I can check out what every level has to offer. But if it's an office building or some sort, definitely using the elevators for sure. The Chief Nurse doing that; awesome..I think that's her take on exercise. Being busy and not being able to do it properly so that method rocks. My dosage of exercise would be the walking to and fro that I am able to do. I think walking briskly is definitely a good form of exercise.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Zed_k4, I completely agree with you. Brisk walking is a very good form of exercise. I had always wanted to jog but it tires me so easily. What I do is brisk walk. I feel light and good after doing it. Actually, exercise is the main reason why the Chief Nurse takes the stairs and not the elevators. One other reason though is to do her rounds with an element of surprise. Most elevators in hospitals are located near the nurses' station and nurses would see the Chief Nurse coming if she used the elevators.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
1 Feb 10
Ah....with that being said, I must say that it is really a good strategy by the Chief Nurse. And in that way, other nurses, employees will follow suit to a healthy lifestyle. Here's one for brisk walking. Let's do it as and when we have the time.
@clocks123 (1228)
• United States
30 Jan 10
i hope there are elevators where i go. i would rather take an elevator. the escalators make me dizzy when i go down them. if there aren't too many stairs i also will take the stairs.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Clocks123, Escalators make you dizzy --- others are afraid to step on it. There are lots of accidents involving unattended children and people who aren't as alert as others in escalators. Some malls install watchers on these escalators. There would be no other way to go except the stairs when escalators and elevators malfunction.
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
30 Jan 10
I am not able to do stairs that well anymore due to my Illness so now it is the Elevator if I go anywhere with a lot of Stairs But before I got bad with this yes I used to do Stairs instead of the Elevators
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Gabs, Elevators are so useful for everyone. These elevators are conveniently made in buildings where there are doctors' offices on the top floors. Most users of the elevator are sick, disabled or old patients. There are big elevators to accommodate beds and wheelchairs, too.
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
30 Jan 10
I always use the stairs, as i hate escalators and elevators. I do not trust them at all.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Saphrina, Well, there are incidents of people being trapped inside elevators. It happened to me once in the past. The elevator stopped because there was power failure. We had to catch people's attention so that they knew we were trapped inside. Stairs will never malfunction as escalators and elevators do.
• India
30 Jan 10
i aleays use elevators....its the best way and also fastest.when you are in a hurry ypo have no time to walk up the stairs or to use the escalotrs..also walking makes you feel worn out and tired and so its better to use the elevatirs...you just go in press the button and up you go..
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Abhiabhiabhiabhi (whew! such a long name you have there, but got it) I know how it is so convenient and so easy to take the elevators. I take them, too, especially when I am lazy and in a hurry. This is also very convenient if you have so many things to carry. A press here and up I go... lol.
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
Our office is in the 10th floor and how I would love to climb up and down the stairs early in the morning only if our building has one. Unfortunately, we have a lot of elevators, even escalators, and the only stairs are in the fire exit which we aren't allowed to use unless the elevators are not working. Too bad! I could have saved myself membership fee in the gym.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Personaave, yes, that's right. Escalators and elevators in some buildings are so conveniently located. They seem to beckon on people to make use of them. They are always situated right as you enter the main door of the building. Sometimes, in other buildings, you can never see stairs. And you are right, stairs aren't allowed to be used, except for emergencies.
@madteaparty (2761)
• Japan
30 Jan 10
It depends on what kind of building is it. If it's a big building and I have to go to the 10th floor I will always use the elevator or escalators. However, if it's a small building, I have no problem to use the stairs. Everydays I climb lots of stairs, and my legs seem to be stronger thanks to that
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Madteaparty, Yes, it depends on how tall the buildings are. Add to that, it depends on how much time we need to get to a floor. Elevators are fast and convenient especially for people on the rush. Climbing stairs is one form of exercise and we surely get benefits from it.
@23uday (2998)
• India
30 Jan 10
hi friend, Yes i go on both prefer escalator and elevalator. It depends on building if building is 3 floors so i go by walk. If building is 10 floors so i go in a escalator to up and down. have a good day.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi 23uday, It would be very impractical to climb 10 floors to get there. This is especially if you are working on the 10th floor and you climb the stairs each day. It would be very tiring and I am sure you will perspire as you get to the place. But I know some people can really do it.
@eubilisa (212)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
It depends, but most of the time I used elevators or escalators because it's very comfortable and it makes everything as easy as that. Although, some people say that it's a lazy doing but if you are in a rush then that an excuse for that though as much as possible if you don't have exercise might as well take stairs rather than elevators. Right now, I practice not to used elevators or escalators because I don't have much exercise and its healthy right to take stairs.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Eubilisa, Escalators and elevators are really big help especially if you are in a hurry. They are so convenient as you don't need to put effort as you do in climbing stairs. Healthwise though, we get more benefits from climbing stairs than using lesser activity as when you are in elevators or escalators.
@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
I am really lazy when it comes to climbing stairs. That is the reason even if I just need to go the 2nd floor from first floor I still take the elevator in our office. I also hate climbing stairs in malls. I prefer to use elevator or escalator. That is also one of the reason I hate having a two storey house. I prefer a bungalow or a split- level. I really hate climbing stairs.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Ladyslipper, Of course, it is tiring to climb stairs. As long as there is a chance to use escalators and elevators, some people (like you), use them. I hope the elevator in your office is always operational. Otherwise, that would leave you no other choice but to use the stairs, wouldn't it?
@Hazelrose (2182)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
Hi moneymakingtoday,Every time i'd visited my doctor in 4 storey hospital,i used to go there by stairs if i have enough time.But there were times that i go on an elevator specially if i'm in hurry.I love going up there using stairs because i can feels that my joints are working.Using stairs are good exercise too.Have a nice day!
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Hazelrose, We get good benefits from exercise. And climbing stairs is surely one good way to exercise. We get to "awaken" idle and sleepy muscles as we do that. It is a good breathing exercise as well. Of course, escalators and elevators are faster and will surely be a big help if we are in a rush.
@bingchen (1126)
• China
30 Jan 10
i would hope to use escalators in malls over the stairs.it seems convinient and quickly up what i want the building floor.although using stairs is good as same as the escalators.but it make me tired of climbing up and down the buildings.at the same time it is slow to reach what i want to the floor.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Bingchen, You are right. It is so convenient using the escalators in malls. They are so conveniently located, too. There is one mall here that I notice has only one stairs on one side of each level. It would take a longer walk to the area where the stairs are to be able to go up, if one really decided to use the stairs. Escalators are so convenient for people on the rush.
• Jamaica
30 Jan 10
my views on this matter is that it all depends on the urgency and the importance of the matter. if i am a bit early then i will take the stairs just to kill time but if i am going to be late then the elevator might be quite useful.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Damalimcpherson, You have a very good point raised here. Time is also to be considered in taking the stairs over escalators and elevators. Other things such as physical ability or the intent to exercise taken into account, it wouldn't be worth taking the stairs if it would only delay us in meeting appointments on the higher floors. It now behooves upon the person to decide on his choice. Thanks for sharing.
@agito121 (177)
• United Arab Emirates
30 Jan 10
Of course i use the Elevators, in my building i live in the 12th floor so i would be too lazy to walk up the stairs, if the lift was down then the stairs it is! In a mall if i felt a little hyped up i would take the stairs, if not then why bother? just take the escalator.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Agito, Yes, it would be the stairs if there is no other way, lol. It is surely tiring to climb up stairs especially if, like you, one lives in the 12th floor. Malls build escalators for the customers' convenience. In a way, it is also one good marketing and sales strategy for them. People like to shop where it is convenient and easy for them.
@junil_jk (498)
• India
30 Jan 10
i usually use stairs over elevators. but if there is an escalator then i use it instead of stairs.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Junil-Jk, You are a "stairs" man, lol. You prefer stairs over elevators but between the "running" stairs, lol (I mean escalators), and the stationary stairs, you opt to be in an escalator. Just the same, both are stairs... one is stationary and one is moving. Thanks for sharing.
@teamrose (1499)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I always use the elevators and escalators. Some how I just don't feel safe in stairwells of tall buildings.
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Teamrose, Elevators and escalators are so conveniently located in buildings especially in taller ones. In some buildings, they seem to "impliedly" invite us to use them rather than the stairs because upon entering buildings, they are the first things that we see.
@steelfist (175)
• India
30 Jan 10
Usually When i have to go to a 2nd or 3rd floor i use stairs,If more than that I do prefer escalators..When coming down..I don't care if its 9th floor or 10th floor..I use stairs :)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi Steelfist, Wow. You really got to exercise with it. Going down 9 or 10 floors is surely a way to go. It may not be as strenuous as climbing it, but going down the stairs is also an exercise for the body.