Culture / Kristin Smith
Several of the Dallas employees have been “doing the stairs” at the Dallas office. We walk down 11 flights, back up 11 flights and down another six flights — and then, we sprint back up.
It all started with Lorna Bellard (Media), whose enthusiasm has encouraged us to stop snacking and get out of our office chairs for 10 minutes a day, twice a day. The group has grown to over 20 participants, and every week we see more and more people joining in. It has become quite the team gathering.
“I think it is great that people are interested in improving their health and well-being. It’s small steps, but it all adds up. Beyond the physical benefits, I have noticed I have better focus and feel more energized throughout the day. There is an interest stirring in Moroch to become healthier and improve our fitness levels. I would love to lead a health and fitness initiative and get more people involved.”
“I have a group of girlfriends and we all committed to doing a 5k. Several of them were able to leave work and run at lunch or go to a gym after work or even get on a treadmill at home. I was unable to do that, so I committed to doing the stairs twice a day at 11:30am and 4:30pm. The combination of WW and the stairs has proven to be effective in my weight-loss vision.”
“I sit by the wall that backs up to a door to the stairs and each day, like clockwork at 11:30am and 4:30pm, I hear the gathering of my inclined (pun intended) co-workers as they line up like little children marching out to recess. There is a real camaraderie among them. I also sit directly across from Tisha who has lost upwards of 25 pounds! How’s that for motivation?”
“I started out doing it to supplement my training in preparation for a Tough Mudder (10-12 mile military style obstacle course). I’ve continued running and I just ran the TM with a team of 14 made up of church friends, college buddies, and family.”
“I joined because Lorna motivated me! It’s an easy way to get 15-20 minutes of exercise in throughout your work day! I have more energy (although not immediately) at the end of the day than I had pre stairs club.”
“Lorna started this crazy charade. I hate working out, but when she started seeing results, I had to jump on the bandwagon. The good definitely outweighs the bad. We take a break, relieve some stress, get our heart rates up, and best of all, we’re doing it together as a team! ”
Kristin Smith is a Communications Coordinator at Moroch. If you’d like to join the stairs climb, just send Kristin or Lorna Bellard an email with the subject line: “Heck Yeah, Stairs Club!”