Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Choices about How to Get to the Top

It’s sad to say, but if given a choice between climbing flights of stairs or taking an elevator or escalator, I will usually take the easier route.

But sometimes there is no choice. Like today when I went for a bargain massage offered during Spa Week in downtown DC. The treatment space was on the fourth floor of a very old building and the elevator had long been out of service. Not exactly how I wanted to enter into 45 minutes of nirvana, but I had actually been forewarned when I made the appointment.

I now understand why they weren’t particularly busy. And after 45 minutes of cranial-sacral work, my body kept asking when the real massage was going to start. Hey, I got exactly what I paid for, and it was a bargain, and those stairs were a lot easier going down.

No sooner had I gotten to my car when I received a wonderful message from my friend LR, in which she was passing on this video about enticing people to use the stairs.

It is so true that just a little incentive will often influence someone’s choice. I’m sure if I saw the means to play the piano as I walked upstairs, I too would forsake the escalator.

But then I tried to imagine such a thing in this country. It would be so fraught with legal issues that it would never happen. Can’t you imagine someone filing a suit over breaking an ankle while trying to play a particular tune? Only in Sweden could they get away with this novel approach to enticing people to get some exercise.


Blogger Steve said...

I'm afraid people in this country would just tear it up, if not file lawsuits! Still, that is a great idea! Wonder how long it lasts?

2:06 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I'm all about exercise but stairs kill me! I've Chevy Chased my way down the steps too many times.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE stairs, even though I tend to fall down them...

I want to jump on a plane now to try these out!


11:01 PM  
Blogger Merle Sneed said...

Wow, what a clever idea.

9:56 AM  
Blogger lacochran said...

What an interesting video/concept! Thanks for sharing.

3:00 PM  

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