Shit it grates me. Like really niggles me!!
For me, escalators are there for the elderly, heavily pregnant, disabled/injured and to help us speed up our commute time. Yet the majority of Londoners aren't capable of walking their own bodies up a flight of MOVING stairs!
The development of technologies is one of the greatest achievements of our species, and what sets us apart from others in the natural world. However, allowing these technologies to interfere with our natural function and taking some people to, what was once unimaginable, poor health is one of the saddest side effects.
The fact that it is now normal and acceptable for people to stand on moving walk ways, or drive a block to purchase take always (often with out getting out of the car) is why we (in the western world) have the highest ever levels of lifestyle diseases. You've all heard it time and time again. Heart disease, cancers, diabetes and on and on the list goes, all related to diet and sedentary lifestyles. Yet STILL people stand on escalators!!
How are people not making the connection?!?! This is not putting on gym clothes, or paying to see a trainer or trying to find the time. All it is is putting one foot in front of the other!
Here's some basic facts you might not know about the body. If you don't use yours muscles they weaken and tighten. Weak muscles and tight muscles equals pain. When you move your body it burns energy. The more you move it, the more it burns. Your body stores energy as fat (it is very good at doing this due to our evolutionary history i.e. food used to be much harder to find). Too much fat is bad for your health (and for the vain ones, your self esteem). So let me do the maths for you. Too much energy in (food and drink) and not moving, equals poor health.
Now to those who stand on escalators, and do not have any of the viable reasons above (and don't give me the excuse that you might trip. I've tripped many times. I've stubbed my toe, scrapped my shin, but I've got another fact about the body, it heals.) I say, you have lost any right to complain about your body, or your health. Oh what? You are sick again? You have a fat bottom? You stand on escalators. Self inflicted.
p.s. Absolute clients, don't let me catch you taking the lift up to our studio!!!
written by Nick Morrison