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A Step-by-Step Guide to Boosting Work Morale - WSJ

As one of three women on a team of 60, and the boss, she struggled to feel like “one of the guys.” When she discovered that many of the men used the lunch hour to exercise, she asked to join. They use the Culver City Stairs, 282 steps that form a steep climb, as a gym. “I started working out at lunch, because I didn’t want to waste an hour doing nothing,” says Victor Mancia, a 45-year-old in the glass department. “When Elizabeth joined, I think it motivated others.” Ms. Kaplan says she noticed a few of her colleagues struggled with health issues, such as diabetes. “I’m a working mother, so I get it’s hard to carve out time to exercise. But I also realize your habits—diet, activity level—rub off on your family,” she says. Her children are 23, 22 and 18. “I hoped that if people saw me joining the workouts, they’d feel more inclined to join.”

Stairs are the new stimulants

"We found, in both the caffeine and the placebo conditions, that there was not much change in how they felt," said Patrick J. O'Connor, a professor in the department of kinesiology who co-authored the study with former graduate student Derek Randolph. "But with exercise they did feel more energetic and vigorous. It was a temporary feeling, felt immediately after the exercise, but with the 50 milligrams of caffeine, we didn't get as big an effect."

Brief Intense Stair Climbing Improves Cardiorespiratory Fitn... : Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Previous studies have reported that ascending stairs for 30–70 min each week for 8 wk can improve CRF (3,4,20,24). The total time spent ascending and descending stairs in the present study was much lower amounting to ≤9 min·wk−1, with only ~3 min of ascending stairs each week. When the time required to complete warm-up and cooldown is included, the total time commitment amounts to 30 min·wk−1. Because of the influence of perceived “lack of time” and lack of access to specialized facilities on physical activity participation (35), it is important to identify time-efficient exercise protocols that do not require special equipment.