Be The Next Stair Search Winner!

2 of my husband's groupies

I am looking for the next “Stair Search” winner. For the next 21 days your challenge is to take only the stairs at work (and if you don’t work then take the stairs whenever you can) and to inspire as many people in your office as possible to follow your lead. This little challenge was inspired by my husband who began taking the 7 flights of stairs up to his office instead of the elevator, because he realized that he’s too tired to work out after a long day at the office, but at least he would get some activity in throughout the day. Sure, it’s not a substitute for working out, but it is a major step in the right direction when it’s a choice between that or nothing. He’s even got groupies now and at least 5 other people are choosing the stairs over the lazy man machine. It’s even become somewhat of a joke and he’s started to challenge even more people to do it.

Did you know that 15 minutes of stair climbing will help you burn at least 133 extra calories a day (based a 130lb. woman)? As long as you’re not replacing those calories with food, that’s one pound lost every 26 days. Depending on what floor you’re on that’s pretty much a done deal by simply walking up and down the stairs about four times. 6 minutes are already taken care of by getting to work, going out to lunch, and then leaving work. Find a reason to leave your office or just take a quick break to go up and down the stairs, instead of checking Facebook for the 4th time that day (Farmville, Mafia Wars, or your IQ test can wait until you get back). 133 calories is equal to 6 Hershey’s Kisses, 5 oz. of a peanut butter flavored Tasti-D-Lite (supposedly…), or a can of regular Coke. Think about it, you know there’s usually some sort of yumminess lying around the office, so by simply by taking the stairs, you can have that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, or 2 Dunkin Donut’s Munchkins, or morning croissant with your coffee guilt free. Not bad!

So, here’s the challenge: For the next 21 days you need to start taking only the stairs at work and inspire as many other groupies as possible at your office to do the same. Submit your name, your company’s name, and the name of all other people following your lead as they join in. The winner will receive a 5 pack of Very Personal Training with me in my Park Slope, Brooklyn studio. Being as how there is no real way to prove that you are the honest to goodness winner of this challenge, I am trusting your honesty, and will only ask that you send along with the above information pictures or video of your “Stair Search” challenge.

Good Luck!