The fitness-freaks among us will usually opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever we can. After all, taking the stairs presents us with an opportunity to do a bit of extra exercise outside of our rigorous routines at the gym and during our chosen sport.
There are, however, occasions when one should opt to take the elevator instead of the stairs. Here are a few of these reasons so you can make an informed judgment.
1. You have sustained an injury
We all pick up a few knocks now and again. You may pull your hamstring, or twist your ankle while at your jazzercise class. If this is the case, then you should avoid taking the stairs if there is a lift available for you to make the same journey.
Taking the stairs will put strain on your injury. This may delay recovery time, or make the injury worse than it originally was. Do not take long stair journeys until you have fully recovered from whatever injury you have sustained.
2. You're in a rush
If you are in a rush and you have got to move up a lot of floors quick-time, then you should take the elevator. As buildings get taller and taller, this is commonly becoming the case. City-dwellers often find that they must make their way to the top of a skyscraper. A lot of the time they will be in a hurry and do not want to be late for their appointment.
If you are only making a short journey, it may in fact be quick to take the stairs instead of waiting around for the elevator. The more floors you try to accomplish, the more tired your legs become and your pace begin to slow down.
3. You've just eaten
The final reason you may wish to avoid the stairs is if you have just ate your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Taking the stairs can be quite a work-out, especially if you have a lot to go up and you are not the fittest person in the world.
This work-out can cause indigestion if you have just ate a large meal. This can be both uncomfortable and painful. Always think about the last time you ate before you make the decision on whether you will take the stairs.
The lift can be avoided with a brisk walk up the steps. Follow this guide to ensure you know when to make the right decision.