No Elevators Day

No Elevators Day is a free global initiative highlighting a simple way for busy people to add physical activity to their day: #UseTheStairs instead of the elevator or escalator.

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How to participate in #NOELEVATORSDAY?

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    Think of the stairs as an appealing, fun and useful tool to #FindYourMove and #BeActive

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    Check out our NED resources if you would like to register an event

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    Plan your #NoElevatorsDay activities for the last Wednesday of April or within the same week.

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    Register your event and become part of our social media community

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    Implement your ideas and spread the call inviting people to join in and share how they #UseTheStairs.

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    Remember to take pictures or videos during the activity.

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    Share your actions (pictures and/or videos) with the world on the last Wednesday of April every year on social media using the hashtags #UseTheStairs #NoElevatorsDay #BeActive

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    Share our call with your friends, colleagues and partners and let’s create the largest database of stair exercises!

Why join in?

  • Be part of a global celebration of movement for health and wellbeing and a community of MOVE Agents who find fun and create ways to get more people active - like using the stairs!
  • No Elevators Day is an opportunity to show how we can #UseTheStairs to add a boost of physical activity to an average day - at home, at work and in public spaces.
  • When you lead by example by taking or using the stairs on No Elevators Day, you are helping to create healthier habits among your peers and members of your community.
  • You will burn calories, not electricity, by using the stairs instead of elevators or escalators and contribute to a healthier, more active planet. We are all in this together!

No Elevators Day 2023 Guides

Urban Intervention Toolkit

Action Guide

Communications Guide

  • Emma McClarkin Member of European Parliament, ECR

    No Elevators Day is a great idea. It’s about just taking that moment to not take the short cut, but to actually raise your heartbeat, take those stairs, reach for the top and get that extra exercise in. Get those extra paces into your day. So I think it is a marvellous idea. And when somebody always asks me what’s the fastest way to the top, it’s walking up an escalator. Don’t just stand still, be active!

  • Mirela Bitan Secretary, Romania

    It’s such an easy way to take care of your health! We wish it would take place at least once a week, EVERYWHERE, and hopefully taking the stairs becomes a reflex!

  • Ivan DimitrovIPSOS Game Changers Manager, Bulgaria

    None of our employees were opposed to taking part in the initiative, we are even thinking that it should not be just one day but more days of the year.

  • Donika Rizova Media Group Investor, Bulgaria

    We joined for a second consecutive year because we believe in a healthy lifestyle. Our employees are active, come to work with their bicycle, and use the stairs at work and at home. For us it is a way of life, and we hope by getting into No Elevators Day we will motivate our viewers to use the stairs.

We believe
in the power of inspiration.

ISCA Secretary General

No Elevators Day & ISCA

No Elevators Day is an initiative of the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) as part of the NowWeMOVE campaign. ISCA launched the NowWeMOVE campaign in 2012, with the aim of bringing the sport for all sector and a variety of other sectors together to tackle the physical inactivity epidemic across Europe. ISCA is a global platform open to organisations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity.

Learn more about the benefits of being an ISCA member

No Elevators Day & NowWeMOVE

No Elevators Day quickly became one of the most popular NowWeMOVE events.

NowWeMOVE's overall objectives are to raise awareness of the benefits of sport and physical activity among European citizens; promote opportunities to be active in sport and physical activity; and enable sustainable and innovative capacity building for providers of physical activity initiatives through open-source solutions and advocacy.

No Elevators Day is an initiative of the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) as part of the NowWeMOVE Campaign.

All activities under the No Elevators Day title are voluntary and should take into consideration accessibility requirements for people with disabilities and medical conditions.

"Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union not the granting authority can be held responsible for them."

It is very clear
that physical activity
is needed now
more than ever – for our
joy of life and our
personal health.
We are born to move
and be social.

ISCA President