What’s all the Yomping about?

written by john c ashworth

escalator mccormick place chicago il
Conference attendees at McCormick Place in Chicago crowding the escalator our of sheer force of bad habit. photo by john c ashworth

When you come up the stairs in the morning to go to work, do you shuffle, stomp, trudge, plod, clump, lumbar, slog, or yomp?

I know some of you do. I can hear you.

Let's back-up a second…

Do you take the stairs in your building? Or do you make for the elevator and somehow find a way to justify that in your mind? Because there aren't many reasons to take an elevator. Except in all those darn modern buildings where the doors to the stairs are often locked. Maybe it's all the yomping. It's making too much noise and people at work can't concentrate.

You may not realize it and you might not like me saying, but I can tell a lot about your fitness by the way you walk up the stairs. And if you're avoiding them? Well, you're missing opportunity to make yourself stronger.

The next time you take the stairs somewhere, point your awareness to exactly how light you are on your feet. Try walking up or down without making any noise.

See how much different that is?

Save your yomping for the playground or the bleachers.


PS When I went looking for a photograph to go with this post, I found this video from the fitness nomad archives.

About the Author
John Ashworth is an empathetic sales leader with an incredibly diverse background as a salesman, business consultant, marketing maniac, writer, Dad and full time Bohemian Athlete. aka Johnny Renaissance.

Leave a comment