By Jana Milosevic, ISCA

No Elevators Day is a day encouraging people to use the stairs instead of elevators or escalators. We are celebrating it this year again on 28 April 2021. The motivation comes from a wish for everyone to live a healthier lifestyle and a big part of that is being physically active.

Small changes in your daily routine, like choosing to go to work by bicycle or walking instead of taking a car or public transport – or like taking the stairs instead of an elevator – can make big differences.


Switching from elevators to stairs makes physical activity something you don’t have to plan or prepare for. It is as easy as it gets to give yourself a small dose of physical activity during your day. You can also #UseTheStairs in a creative way to transform them into a home, office or open air gym.

Five reasons you should join

  1. Find new ways of using the stairs
  2. Add physical activity to your daily routine
  3. Create a healthy mentality amongst your environment
  4. Instead of burning electricity, you will burn calories
  5. By participating you will join a global celebration of movement for health and wellbeing!

How to participate

  • Start thinking of stairs as a useful tool to help you #FindYourMove and to #BeActive. If you would like to organise an event and promote the idea in your environment, check out our No Elevators Day RESOURCES.
  • If you organise an event, register your event and join our social media community: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Share the invitation with everybody around you and share your ideas on how to #UseTheStairs on social media.
  • Document the event with pictures and video.
  • Share them with the community by using the hashtags #UseTheStairs and #NoElevatorsDay.