Essential Benefits of Walking Meetings

Walking meetings are a breath of fresh air for employers and employees for a number of reasons. They contribute to a stronger mind and body balance, and they help prevent people from maintaining their sedentary lifestyle. If you’re looking to change the way you work, become less sedentary, and create a more active office, here are 4 great benefits of walking meetings.

Increased Energy Level Throughout the Entire Workday

By walking, you get your blood flowing; this simple action gives your body a natural, much-needed energy boost. As surprising as it may seem, people who choose to replace traditional office meetings with active walking meetings feel more energetic and ready to tackle new work-related tasks. One study from The Wellness & Prevention Group of Johnson & Johnson found that after 3 months of attending walking meetings, employees reported a series of improvements, including increased focus, superior engagement, and higher amounts of energy. [1]pexels-photo

Improved Communication.

When walking, people can find it easier to relax and communicate. “Walk and talk” meetings enable participants to improve their mood, eliminate the tensions and distractions linked to a standard office environment, and become more talkative. Getting outside of the office can help break down communication barriers too. In other words, by keeping the mind and body active, walking meetings foster improved communication at work.1

Reduced Health Risks

A sedentary lifestyle is the one of the main risk factors associated with several health concerns, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.[2] It’s no secret that the people who are tied to their desks for more than 8 hours a day are exposed to a number of disruptive health problems, including back and neck pain caused by an incorrect posture, loss of lean muscle tissue, cardiovascular issues, and depression.2 The good news is that walking meetings give participants the chance to keep these risks in check. Aside from improving communication within the organization and triggering an increase in energy levels, “walking and talking” brainstorming session will also create the perfect context to improve metabolism, brain function and heart rate.[3] [4]

A Foolproof Method to Boost Productivity and Creativity

Often times workers can feel that their offices hinder creativity and efficiency. Walking meetings enable people to see different concepts from new perspectives and encourage out-of-the-box thinking, facilitate brainstorming, and stimulate creativity.[4] By enjoying a much-needed break from the usual routine, active meetings transport participants into a new, relaxing environment, where they can work more efficiently after a change of scenery.black-and-white-city-man-people

Recent research only manages to confirm what our bodies have been telling us for a long time: it’s not healthy to stay seated all day, at home or at the office, as our bodies were built to move.2 Moving freely while you work is an excellent method to protect your health, boost productivity and creativity, and lay the foundation for a more effective collaboration.

There are simple ways you can encourage yourself to get moving and walking during your workday. VARIDESK is one of them. Simply standing while you work can stimulate you and your coworkers to get walking and stay active throughout the day because you are already up!

No matter how you like to work, be sure to keep your mind and body active to enjoy your workday while sitting, standing or walking in your environment.

To learn more about VARIDESK and how to get active at work, check out the rest of our blog here!

 

[1]  Ko, Vanessa. “Let’s Take a Walk: A Push for Meetings on the Move.” CNN. Cable News Network, 21 Mar. 2013. Web. 11 Oct. 2016. <http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/20/business/walking-meetings/>.

[2] Rimmer, James H. “Sedentary Lifestyle Is Dangerous to Your Health.” National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD). N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2016. <http://www.nchpad.org/403/2216/Sedentary~Lifestyle~is~Dangerous~to~Your~Health>.

[3] Gilliat-Wimberly, M., M. Manore, K. Woolf, S. Carroll, and P. Swan. “Effects of Habitual Physical Activity on the Resting Metabolic Rates and Body Compositions of Women Aged 35 to 50 Years.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Oct. 2001. Web. 12 Oct. 2016. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11678489>.

[4] Oppezzo, Marily. Schwartz, Daniel. “Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effect of Walking on Creative Thinking.” American Psychological Association. Journal of Experimental Psychology. 2014. Web. 11 Oct. 2016. <http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/xlm-a0036577.pdf>

 

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