Nilofer Merchant walks 20-30 miles a week at work. No, she doesn’t have a fancy standing desk, and no she is not a professional dog walker. She holds all of her meetings walking around outside.
The average American sits for over nine hours a day, which is 2 hours more than the average American sleeps every night. Niolfer believes sitting is the smoking of our generation. Lack of sufficient physical activity it is directly linked to the development of diseases like diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, and the most common cause of death in America, heart disease.
Sitting has become a given in every aspect of our professional lives. Whether we are commuting, eating, e-mailing, brainstorming, interviewing, or training we sit throughout most of our workplace rituals. So why not change what can sometimes feel like the biggest time waster during your workday and hold walking meetings?
This simple solution for your work day benefits not only your own health, but also the productivity of your meetings. Walking increases energy, allows for more effective communication, sharpens focus, and opens your mind to creativity. The fresh air, exercise, and change of scenery is a natural way to focus, especially if you outlaw electronics during these meetings.
So, the next time you’re brainstorming, negotiating, or consulting, help clear your brain, and walk the walk.
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