For work the past two days I assisted on some Capitol Hill visits with a colleague and believe it or not it was a bit of a workout. When you are on the seventh floor waiting for an elevator to get to the first floor and it never comes, well the stairs are the next best option. As we made our way through the tricky layout of the House office buildings we often found ourselves at dead-end parts of the building. Rooms that were supposed to be in one direction sometimes could not be found and other times the office we thought we were going to had been moved to another part of the building (blame it on congressional transitioning after the elections). It was fun though–I experienced the tunnels that connect the buildings and for the first time made it across the three House office buildings (and yesterday the Senate buildings) by way of the basement level tunnels that connects them all. If we went a little further we would have made our way to the U.S. Capitol Building.
So if anyone says that walking is a cinch try being on your feet pretty much straight through the entire day except when sitting in a meeting with a staffer. One fifty-minute meeting actually was a bit of a blessing considering many had five or ten minutes to spare with us. It was a fun experience, not to mention kind of cool when I saw some Members of Congress traipsing through the halls. Imagine how much extra exercise I would get each day if I worked on Capitol Hill bouncing from one office and committee meeting to the next. But I probably would resort to email and be lazy like most of us tend to be in the digital environment of which we live. Then again, there is something to be said about good, old-fashioned face-to-face meetings. Our legs like when we get up from our desk too!