Fact: If it is –20C out I am willing to pay $25 to park in a heated parkade that connects directly to my office building so that I don’t have to go outside. Ridiculous, no?
Since it is so cold outside running isn’t an option for me. It would be great to head to the Y over lunch and use a treadmill or the track, but it is a bit far away from my office. So instead, why not work with what you have available?
I work in a pretty tall office tower, so I decided to hit the stairs for a workout over lunch today. It is kind of like an indoor Grouse Grind workout! Besides just straight walking up the stairs I got ideas for other exercises here and here. I warmed up by walking up about five flights of stairs, then I started in on all different kinds of squats, lunges, calf raises, tricep dips and push ups. With no air movement in the stairwell it doesn’t take long to start huffing and puffing and working up a sweat. There was another girl I ran into a couple of times and she was just walking up and up… I would alternate strength rounds with a few runs up flights. After making it up about 33 flights I took the elevator down and started again, this time walking up 25 flights all in one go.
So all in all a great workout! I almost wish I had worn a heart rate monitor to see the kind of numbers I put up. 40 minutes in the stair well and now I’m sure that my legs are very mad at me!