I learned that I can't always take the stairs ALL the way up after I stayed on the 27th floor of a hotel. As a result, I concocted a plan to either take the stairs until exhausted and then use the elevator, or alternate between stairs and elevator. This method is also good if you're just starting.
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As much as possible, I take the stairs at work and add stair trips at home. If I have several things to take upstairs or downstairs at home, I break it into manageable chunks and make more trips up and down the stairs. At work, unless I am carrying something that I couldn't manage on the staircase (which really isn't all that often) I take the stairs. Our staircases at school are extraordinarily steep, so this is almost a workout all by itself!
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