Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Genius of a Walk-and-Talk

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal published a very sound article on getting in a good workout while working at the same time! Yes, having a meeting with your boss or your work associate while walking and talking can not only be surprisingly productive, but also can become a healthy habit to keep.

Imagine starting a simple little habit of getting up 15 minutes earlier to stretch, meditate, review your presentation for work or whatever -- it is uniquely and justifiably "YOU" time. This begins to lay down the foundation of a good habit, which can and usually does have a domino effect of good stuff happening in your life if you simply keep up with it. Then, what if this becomes a healthy habit at work -- like walking and talking -- that is genius!

"If corporations were to adopt this ubiquitously, you just start to think of those health benefits adding up," says James Levine, co-director of obesity solutions at the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University. "It's an amazingly simple thing and it costs nothing." If corporations adopted this great idea, imagine the savings for overall health care costs and employee satisfaction. What organization wouldn't want to save money and have happy productive employees too!

A study done earlier this year on adopting walking meetings shows significant promise as the more people engaged in this activity while at work were also less likely to be absent from work for health reasons.

Another previous study on walking showed that walking for as little as 15 minutes a day can amount to 3 years of life expectancy!

A few tips on beginning the walk-and-talk start with:
  • Limiting the meeting to only 2-3 people
  • Have a set time in mind -- like 30 minutes.
  • No need to speed walk, but keep a comfortable pace.
  • If walking with the boss, terrific; but, if walking with a co-worker, let your boss know it can and will be productive time.
  • Lastly, did you know that walking burns an average of 56 calories as opposed to sitting at a laptop which burns only about 20 calories and standing 22 calories.
What could be better than a great "brainstorming session" that could not only benefit you, but your organization.

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