Research: the power of a good walk (or why it’s bad to spend 9.3 hours a day sitting down)
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 walk. Steve Jobs did it, so now it’s time for us to give it a go.
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.