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    Hey, since I unfortunately have to sit in front of a pc most of my day, I have started doing a "mini sprint workout" once or twice a day: I just go up the stairs (3 floors) very fast.

    Does this somehow count as a "sprint" or is it just wasted time (well, it is still fun so not a total waste!). If so, would it be too much to do it twice a day (I normally train at the gym about 3 times a week, trying to include also "sprints", eg burpees)

    Thanks!

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    You stated it was fun, and right there says it's worth it. Since exercise stimulates more than muscle, it's great that your brain is getting the added benefit.
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    • #3
      Yeah it's not a waste of time, and if you try to beat your own time eventually it can be a sprint.

      thought: take a water-jug from around the water cooler area and use that as resistance, those 3 floors will be a lot tougher and you should be much more winded (be creative, if there's no water, think of anything else that's sort of heavy, a 50lb sandbag is around $4 at home depot, just don't drop it or you could be in for one hell of a clean up)
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      • #4
        Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
        Yeah it's not a waste of time, and if you try to beat your own time eventually it can be a sprint.

        thought: take a water-jug from around the water cooler area and use that as resistance, those 3 floors will be a lot tougher and you should be much more winded (be creative, if there's no water, think of anything else that's sort of heavy, a 50lb sandbag is around $4 at home depot, just don't drop it or you could be in for one hell of a clean up)
        good idea, unfortunately we do not have water-jugs around but sometimes I just carry my pc-bag full of stuff :-)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FredFornicola View Post
          You stated it was fun, and right there says it's worth it. Since exercise stimulates more than muscle, it's great that your brain is getting the added benefit.
          actually i enjoy so much running up the stairs that every time i see stairs I will just run them up. Hope it does not sound too weird lol
          Last night I was running up the underground stairs at 1am on my way back home :-)

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          • #6
            Sprinting up 4 flights of stairs once or twice a day was the only exercise I did all winter before hiking the Grand Canyon (to the river and back) in April. Not so smart, but it was enough exercise that I had no difficulty completing the hike.
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            • #7
              I run up and down the staircase or jump one or two steps up and down by the bus-stop while I am waiting for the bus with whatever I am draging along in my backpack that day (laptop, books, excersise gear). Beats standing with the rest of the people staring into space. I do not like using staircase in the office building because it is freaking me out, and I never can figure out what floor is a cross-over floor, and where the exits are located, and mainly - the eneterances!

              In the office I comandeer meeting rooms during the lunch break (just set a 'private appointment') for a longer workout; the quiet room or the phone rooms to do a quick stretch or just fall down and do a few sets of push-ups. One gotta adjust to the environment!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by fra0039 View Post
                good idea, unfortunately we do not have water-jugs around but sometimes I just carry my pc-bag full of stuff :-)
                I used to race up the stairs at work with our receptionist on my back. She weighed like 90lbs tho.
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                • #9
                  I work a desk job too, but fit in a bit of exercise while I'm there: wall pushups, squats, walking the parking garage at lunch, stairs, walking at the treadmill desk, and pull-ups under the boardroom table.
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                  • #10
                    Stair sprints are awesome....keep it up!

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                    • #11
                      Old thread but I just started this. We're in the dead of winter here in Alaska and sprinting outside isn't safe (very dark, very icy) so I've started running up the stairs at work. It's only 1 flight of stairs so I run up and down them 5 times as fast as I can and take a break. I'm going to try adding flights to this as I get more used to it.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TheDarkMistress View Post
                        Sprinting up 4 flights of stairs once or twice a day was the only exercise I did all winter before hiking the Grand Canyon (to the river and back) in April. Not so smart, but it was enough exercise that I had no difficulty completing the hike.
                        A perfect example that we don't need that much "exercise"!!! It was smart. You didn't do more than was required to be fit. More is NOT better, almost all of the time. Intensity is key. When intensity is high, very little is needed.

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                        • #13
                          I have a long outdoor public stair that I use to sprint up in the mornings. Above the stairs a pavement continues uphill a little, so I can get around 30 seconds of uphill sprints. Very effective and much more safe for sprints than the beach, or a plain road. I use to do 12 - 15 sprints, resting when walking down, and when finishing I do 25 minutes of LISS jogging and perhaps a little power walks. This simple cardioprogram has helped to improve my cardio fitness tremendously...
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                          • #14
                            I love the stairs at work - I work in a 10 floor office block on the top floor and they just allowed us to use the Fire Stairs to go between floors. I barely take the elevator anymore!

                            I think it is a perfect sprint workout and definately lots of fun. If I have been sitting at my desk too long I do the usual office slacker trick - Print off a report, put in official looking envelope and walk it down to a lower floor, then return with the report!
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                            • #15
                              10 minutes cycle commute to work is the perfect warm up for sprinting up to my office on the seventh floor. Bike on shoulder, obviously! :-) I usually do it a few times a day if I can and thanks to your post I will be doing it more imaginatively!!

                              I try and sell the idea of ditching the lift but most people rather do it the 'proper' way and pay for the gym....... sigh!

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