In the middle of campus, there’s a set of stairs sandwiched between two escalators.  It’s been a topic of discussion in more than one of my classes, and Promotion and Adherence is no exception.  We watched this video in that class too — I’d seen it before, but I love the concept.  Who DOESN’T want piano stairs?

They might make more students actually use the stairs between the escalators on campus.  I actually race people by running up the stairs and seeing if I can beat the person who got on the escalator the same time I got on the stairs.  Mostly people on campus just STAND on the escalator, too, like the people in the video above. Hello, they are meant to make you go FASTER not SLOWER.  Additionally, a girl in my class said that the only people she ever sees on the stairs are people who are in kinesiology.  We need Point of Decision prompts hanging at eye level above all the escalators and elevators on campus.

Burn calories, not electricity. Take the stairs.

Today I was on a mission for baked chips on campus.  The vending machines in the athletic centre had none, so I ran [literally] to the other building via the skywalk on the next floor up, up one of the flights of stairs between the escalators, and up to the other vending machines.  Nada.  Back to the cafeteria.  Nope.  Oh well, no chips for Kerri isn’t exactly a bad thing, right?  Ran back down the stairs to the athletic centre again.

So, who is the only person on his way up the stairs as I am going down?  Yep, it’s my Promotion and Adherence prof, Jay.  Further underscoring the kinesology-people-on-the-stairs thing.

I try to take the stairs whenever possible — when I was still seeing my old pulmonologist [yeah, I’ve decided to ‘break up’ with him], I’d always take the stairs to the seventh-floor lung clinic.  Thatgot me a look from the receptionist a time or two!  [Hey, I may have asthma, but I’m young and otherwise healthy!]

They may not look like pianos, but they’re good for you!  If you don’t already, try it this week: take the stairs.  It all adds up!

5 thoughts on “stairs.

  1. I’ve seen this video a few times before also. Good job trying to get people to take the stairs. I live 4 flights up with no elevator, so I tend to think of elevators as somewhat of a luxury and end up taking them whenever I have the chance. Tho I feel totally justified because of all the flights of stairs I do on a regular basis.

    What you said about the stairs at the pulmonologist’s office reminds me of the time I spaced out on the bus and totally missed my stop for my pulmonologist appointment. I ended up getting off and running/powerwalking several blocks to make it on time, the whole time thinking “I really don’t need this appointment. Stupid GP for making me go.”

    1. Great vid, eh? ;D Are elevators less common in Israel because the buildings are older and stuff, or is it just your apartment?

      Do you even go to the pulm anymore? I hope your lungs have been released on good behaviour :].

      1. My building’s about 50-60 years old. Hence it can get away with having no elevator or bomb shelter. Newer buildings have to have bomb shelters and by law if they are over 4 stories tall have to have elevators, tho many of the new ones have them regardless. My building in GS had both. It was probably about 30-40 years old.

        I never actually went to the pulmo regularly. I go when I make med changes or when my GP tells me to – generally just to make sure everything’s okay spiro-wise and everything. I haven’t been since I switched to the Symbicort as needed thing. So far it’s going well. Also I don’t like my pulmo in Jeru. He doesn’t have virtual birthday cakes and speed dating business cards. My goal is to go as long as possible without going back.

  2. I’ve seen the piano stairs before and I think they are totally awesome-and me being a pianist, I want some!
    But pretty please, can I have your permission to still avoid the stairs ?!
    At home I go up stairs on my hands and knees and come down them on my bum!
    I can’t do them very well as my legs are weak and wobbly, but I’m working on that-oh, and do I need to go into the whole ‘crappy lungs’ bit ?! No, I thought not!!!

    Tee hee xx

    1. Hehe, well, as long as you’re still working on that leg strength through swimming and walking with Miss. Anna-Bell! :]

      Piano stairs = amazing. I think everybody needs ’em! 🙂 [Just think, you could play chords while climbing up them!]

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