Now that the weather is warm why don’t you try something new while at work? Walking meetings have been becoming more popular. Recent studies have shown that incorporating movement throughout the work day not only positively effects on an employee’s health but also the company’s bottom line. Employees that are happier and healthy are known to be more productive. for example some companies are offering onsite workouts as an employee incentive.
Before your next meeting try persuading your co-worker or boss to make it a walking meeting.
Things to consider:
- It is best to keep the walk to 1 on 1 or a small group of 3 people maximum.
- Determine the route beforehand.
- Consider recording your meeting since you will not be able to take notes.
Here are some of the known benefits:
- Stimulate creativity. According to a Stanford Study participants had a 60% improvement in creative output when walking and even greater improvement when they walked outdoors.
- Increased Communication. Elevating the heart rate even slightly will increase oxygen flow to the brain. Having less distractions (such as cell phones) will allow you to focus on problem solving.
- Improved health. Lack of time is the number 1 reason given when people ask why they do not exercise. Incorporating walks throughout the day even if broken up into 10 minute intervals throughout the day will have great health benefits.