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The power of movement: how using the stairs to take brain breaks can improve focus, creativity and overall wellbeing

By Manal Najah, ISCA

Want to boost your brain power and improve your overall health without hitting the gym? Look no further than the nearest staircase. By using the stairs and incorporating brain breaks into your daily routine, you can increase your productivity and reduce stress, all while getting a great workout.

In today's fast-paced world, we often forget to take care of our mental and physical health. It is essential to take regular breaks from prolonged sitting periods or stressful environments and engage in activities that promote overall wellbeing. One simple, yet effective, way to do this is by using the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.

The benefits of using the stairs are numerous. Not only is it a form of exercise, but it can also provide a quick and effective mental break. Physical activity can have a positive impact on the brain, including improved memory, concentration, creativity, and stress relief, leading to better performance and productivity. By using the stairs, we can give our brains the much-needed break they require from the constant stimulation.

In addition to the mental health benefits, using the stairs can also have a positive impact on our physical health. Discover more in our article at No Elevators Day (

If you're someone who struggles to find time for exercise, using the stairs can be an easy way to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. It doesn't require any special equipment or gym membership and can be done almost anywhere, whether it's at work or in your own home.

This year, on 26 April, we will celebrate our global No Elevators Day, and you are most welcome to share your creative ideas on how to use the stairs for active ‘brain breaks’ using the hashtags  #NoElevatorsDay and #UseTheStairs and tagging our social media accounts.

We recommend also checking the toolkit created by ISCA, that can help you in creating workplaces where mental health is crucial! ‘Physical activity and mental wellbeing: A brain break toolkit for workplaces’ This resource offers actions that can enhance the energy, mood, and productivity of employees.

Overall, if you are looking for simple ways to improve your overall health and wellbeing, consider incorporating brain breaks into your daily routine and using the stairs instead of the crowded elevator to sneak some physical activity into your day. These small actions can make a big difference in how you feel and function throughout the day.

So, next time you have the option, skip the elevator and #UseTheStairs to give your brain and body the break they deserve. Your body and brain will thank you.

Posted on 18/04/2023 by Manal Najah, ISCA


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