Research: the power of a good walk (or why it's bad to spend 9.3 hours a day sitting down)

Research: the power of a good walk (or why it's bad to spend 9.3 hours a day sitting down)

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Me and Amy set off walking down the street in the sunshine. It felt a bit weird, being ‘in a meeting’, having business to talk about and yet casually strolling and enjoying the spring afternoon, but we were trialling a meeting on the move. There’s been quite a buzz recently about walking meetings. We spend 9.3 hours a day on average sitting on our backsides. So at a major TED conference recently we were told – have your meetings while you walkSteve Jobs did it, so now it’s time for us to give it a go.

The benefits:

Being side-by-side (rather than opposite each other) = improved communication.

We’re less likely to get our smartphones out and get distracted = increased attention.

Change in heart rate – oxygen to the brain = feeling great.

We’re outside rather than inside = see last week’s blog on nature.

Improved long-term health = gotta be a good thing.

Amy and I enjoyed our stroll. We did stop and take photos of a particularly nice view (see above), so I can’t say the smartphones stayed in the pocket for the entire meeting. But it was definitely better than sitting inside.

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