CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories


Can I count this as exercise?

Every day I take the stairs at work. To the 8th floor. then again after lunch...and sometimes even more if I have to run an errand. So on average I walk up about 20 flights of stairs in a doesnt take 30 minutes I cant really count it as the 30 recommended mins of exercise, but it sure does burn. Should I be proud? or am I giving myself a pat on the back for something thats actually insignificant to my weight loss?

Wed. Nov 1, 3:48pm

Add comment  
I think it's definitely good to do - and we should all try to do little things like this throughout the day. However, the goal of cardio is to keep your heart rate elevated for a sustained period (like 30 m ins) - and you aren't really doing that with climbing the stairs alone (unless you went up and down for 30 mins).

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 4:25 PM

Add comment
I say pat yourself on the back! I sure don't climb 20 flights of stairs a day.

Should this be your _only_ exercise most days? No. Keep looking for other reasons to pat yourself on the back, though! (Walking or biking to work or to the store, or parking far away from the door so you have to walk, etc.)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 4:49 PM

Add comment
Here's something I discovered, as a resident of NYC...
Every time we take the subway, we descend an average of 5 stories to the train, and then ascend the same amount at the other end, sometimes with another couple of flights in the middle if we have to transfer to another line. And of course there's the walk to/from the stations. We do this twice a day. Doesn't sound like much, does it...but try stopping. Say you lose your job, or you move elsewhere. I'm not the only one who has noticed a decrease in cardio fitness after a few weeks without the usual commute.

So while those 20 flights might "only" be a 100-calorie burn (hey, that's an ounce of pretzels!), the benefits go beyond that number. Keep it up!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 6:04 PM

Add comment

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge