Have a meeting? Go for a walk!

I am at the office every day for at least 9 hours. I didn’t check, but I would estimate that I sit for at least 70% of the time. I think most of us have heard how detrimental sitting is for our bodies. And still, we sit and sit and sit. One way of being more active at work can be meetings. 

Unfortunately, we also tend to spend our meetings sitting. Sitting is actually not only detrimental for our physical well-being, but it is also detrimental for our cognitive capacities. However, one way to spend a meeting can also be by walking. I know, it might be more difficult for a large group. Although even there are possibilities to increase the activity and movement levels. However, especially for small groups, going for a walk can be very beneficial.

There are plenty of benefits. You will most likely spend the time on fresh air. This means that your brain gets more oxygen which leads to an increased cognitive capacity. It is well known that the best ideas often present themselves when we are on fresh air or in the shower, when the air is very clean. And no. I don’t propose meetings in the shower. Although, if I think twice…. =) (just kidding). So, this means you can boost your creativity while going for a walk. As many meetings are about finding solutions to a problem, I can think of worse ways to conduct a meeting.

Many people are better able to think when they move. Especially in the western hemisphere, we live in our brains. I am no exception. But, there is so much you can gain while moving. We are more in touch with our feelings and it often helps us to express ourselves more clearly. Walking, and movements in general, are also beneficial for reflective processes. When you talk about a certain topic, ask the others in advance what they can observe while you walk and talk. Often, you will get a lot of interesting feedback.

Mens sana in corpore sano – a healthy mind in a healthy body. An obvious benefit is that you are more physically active. Our brains are always connected to our bodies and movement will always be helpful to bring yourself in shape.

Another, maybe subjective, factor for me is that having a walk & talk with someone helps me to better connect with him or her. Maybe it is because walking somewhere alone increases intimacy. Or maybe it is easier for me to observe the body movement and gestures. I find it very nice just to walk, often without a clear goal, and to talk.

What other ways do you know to be more active at work? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this entry and I wish you a wonderful day!

Take care, Stephan

 

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